The Health Minister Dr. Culwick Togamana today (28 October 2023) thanked Jiangmen Committee Mission team for their timely and generous donation of 2 ambulances and 4 dental chairs to the Honiara City Council (HCC).
The handover ceremony took place at the Honiara City Council parking area and was witnessed by the Honiara City Council Deputy Major, Health Minister and HCC officials.
The Health Minister Dr. Togamana in his remarks expressed his ministry’s sincerest gratitude towards the unconditional medical support and assistance from the Jiangmen Committee Mission.
“Thank you indeed for the kind donation of the 2 ambulances and 4 dental chairs for HCC. These are specialised equipment and huge investments that are very costly and the onus is on our teams to ensure that these are taken good care of to ensure that we don’t incur increased costs for maintenance and repairs”, said Dr. Togamana.
Dr. Togamana said the ambulances are timely as these will help ease some work during the Pacific Games by ensuring that emergency cases during the games are taken to the hospital in a timely manner to seek medical assistance.
He thanked PRC Embassy of China, Minister Counsellor Ding and his officials for coordinating and organising the Mission of Jiangmen Committee to visit Solomon Islands.
He further thanked Mr Zhang Yuanxing, Chairman of the Jiangmen Committee and his delegation members for availing themselves to undertake this special mission to SI and particularly to visit their sister Province – HCC.
“Your presence and that of the mission’s events that took place this week truly and clearly demonstrated the growing partnership between our two countries, my Ministry, Guizhou Province and now Jiangmen City Guangdong Province. We are indeed honoured for the opportunity to be part of our journey together and particularly of your keen interest in the field of health and medical”, said Dr. Togamana.
He further outlined the team’s mission this week is no coincidence but part and parcel of the health cooperation between the two countries. The Health Cooperation has grown from strength to strength, and to name a few of the cooperation, enabled:
“As we journey on to 2024 and beyond, what comforts me the most is the development of China-Solomon Islands relations, and together with my colleagues and all of you, we have achieved so much within the short span of our relationship”, Dr. Togamana said.
Meanwhile, the Jiangmen Committee Mission team yesterday (27 October 2023) had made a courtesy call to the Health Minister and MHMS Executive.