THE Zambian Government has praised China for its continued support to Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka where it has rendered specialist assistance in medical equipment and human resource.
Defence Deputy Minister Davies Mwila said on Friday evening that China had been helpful not only to Maina Soko Military Hospital but to Zambia in general.
Mr Mwila said this at a farewell reception for 11 Chinese medical personnel who were attached to the hospital for one year.
He said China had for a long time been offering medical equipment and personnel who had been helping in providing medical attention to Zambians.
He said as a result of the assistance, the hospital had fulfilled its mission of providing medical care to defence personnel.
Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Zhou Yuxiao thanked the Zambian Government for providing a conducive environment for the Chinese doctors who had been away from their homes for one year.
Mr Zhou said this was a measure of the good relations between defence forces in the two countries and that it was good that Zambia appreciated the performance of the visiting doctors.
He said the relations between the two countries were not only in the medical field, but also in the economic sector.
Maina Soko Military Hospital acting commandant Agrian Maleya said the hospital was grateful to the Chinese team that had served in Zambia since January 12, last year.
Colonel Muleya said the Zambian staff had learnt a lot from their Chinese counterparts.
The hospital was established in 1985 and caters for defence personnel and their families as well as those that have retired.
Staff at the hospital are drawn from the Zambia Air Force, Zambia Army and Zambia National Service.