Chinese medical team gives lecture on women’s healthcare in Mozambique

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Chinese medical team in Mozambique gave a lecture on women’s sexual and reproductive health to students and teachers in Mozambique’s prestigious Eduardo Mondlane University.

“We had a small lecture about women’s sexual and reproductive health. The doctors went through sexually transmitted diseases on how to prevent them. They spoke about the contraception methods, very important for women like us as college students,” Gatina Isabel, a student and participant, told Xinhua.

Similar lectures should be given more to encourage women and girls to pay attention to their own health and to better take care of themselves, Isabel said.

The lecture on the International Women’s Day also went through gynecologic diseases like cervical and breast cancers, which affect many women in Mozambique, and it also served as a platform for students to seek health consultation with the Chinese doctors.

“I took the opportunity to consult the doctors some personal health issues, and fortunately I had my doubts cleared up,” said Shamila Guita, another student and participant.

The team leader Jin Tao, a senior urological surgeon from the West China Hospital, said this was the first time for his team — the 22nd Chinese medical team in Mozambique — to offer free medical services to the locals since they arrived in Maputo and started their mission in January.

The medical cooperation between China and Mozambique dates back to the early days of Mozambique’s independence. The first Chinese medical support team in Mozambique was sent from China’s Sichuan Province in 1976.