Shanxi medics awarded highest honor in Djibouti


Updated: 2021-12-16


The Prime Minister of Djibouti Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed pins an Independence Day Medal to a member of Shanxi's 20th medical aid team. [Photo/Shanxi Daily]

The medical sector in North China's Shanxi province received international recognition after the Prime Minister of Djibouti, Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, awarded the Independence Day Medal on Dec 13 to 10 members of Shanxi's 20th medical aid team. 

The team was sent there, in the wake of previous missions, to help the African nation with its general medical practice – and specifically to help it fight COVID-19. 

Kamil said that the highest honor awarded by Djibouti was a reflection of the Chinese medical aid team's high medical ethics and superb medical skills. 

He said it would provide an opportunity to build a closer and stabler relationship, as well as to achieve win-win cooperation in various fields between China and Djibouti.


Shanxi's 20th medical aid team meets the Prime Minister of Djibouti, Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, on Dec 13 [Photo/Shanxi Daily]

The 20th China (Shanxi) medical aid team to Djibouti – dispatched by Shanxi Health Commission and composed of 10 medics from Shanxi Provincial People's Hospital – has carried out medical aid in the eastern African country for 13 months upon its arrival on Nov 15, 2020.

Overcoming difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shanxi medics conducted daily diagnoses and treatments. 

They donated anti-epidemic materials and shared China's experience of fighting the epidemic there, which won high praise from the Ministry of Health of Djibouti and the local people.

Kamil said he expected that new medical teams from China would help deepen the exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in the field of medicine and healthcare.