The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, assured the Chinese government of continuity of a good partnership to develop the state in the health sector on Wednesday.
Akeredolu gave the assurance during the donation of 40 digital ultrasonic diagnostic imaging items by China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), facilitated by the Chinese government, to Ondo Medical Village in Ondo State.
He said the equipments would go a long way in assisting health delivery in the medical village and also add an unquantifiable value to the health system by improving health service delivery.
"It will put an end to cases of avoidable deaths arising from wrong diagnosis since good, prompt, accurate diagnosis is key to successful management of any ailment,” he said.
Akeredolu explained that the crop of competent and diligent health professionals would put the equipment to judicious use and appealed to them to see healthcare delivery as a collaborative effort.
"Unhealthy rivalry is capable of endangering treasured lives of our patients, so let’s work together.
"We will continue to train our health professionals and expose them to global health practices to bring them up to date in their various fields,” he said.
Earlier, the Consular General, People’s Republic of China in Nigeria, Mr Chao Xiaoliang, said the donation was under the framework of China-Africa cooperation in 2012.
He explained that the program was aimed at encouraging and supporting exchanges and cooperation between organisations, women and young people of both countries by jointly undertaking small social programs and promoting mutual visits between people’s organisations.
"This is the first program in Ondo and its just the beginning. Since the establishment of diplomatic Relations between China and Nigeria 46 years ago, the relations have steadily improved.
"We plan to carry out another 4 projects of “China-Africa People -to people Friendship Action” in the consulate District this year.
"I firmly believe that the long lasting friendship between our two people and government will enhance bilateral relations year by year,” he said.
Also, Mr Guan Shuai, Managing Director, CCECC, expressed belief that more investors would storm Ondo State to establish an Agriculture industry and improve infrastructure.
"I wish the CCECC can get more opportunity on the development of the State, more importantly in the area of infrastructural development,”
"CCECC will render better service to the State government and we will continue to fulfil our social responsibilities to the government,” he said.
Similarly, Dr Oluwole Ige, Chief Medical Director (CMD), Ondo State Trauma Centre in the medical village, promised to utilize the equipment to its best as well as cafe for them.
He expressed gratitude to the Chinese firm and government for the donation, which he said, would save a lot of lives with timely diagnosis.