Shahid: Looking forward to more mutually beneficial projects with China

Chinese Ambassador Zhang Lizhong (L) and Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid (R) shake hands following exchange of documents for allocation of land for the Chinese embassy from the Diplomatic Enclave in Hulhumale' on October 9, 2019. (Photo/Foreign Ministry)

Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid, on Saturday, said that the Maldives was looking forward to working on more mutually beneficial projects with China.

Shahid made the remark in response to a tweet by the Chinese Ambassador Zhang Lizhong regarding the China-funded eye center which is scheduled to open at the Hulhumale’ Hospital this January.

“Yet another positive development in Maldives-China relationships,” remarked Shahid.

He said that he was looking forward to working closely with China on the eye center project, and other similar mutually beneficial projects.

“Looking forward to working even more closely this year on this and other such mutually beneficial projects,” said Shahid.

The eye center is scheduled to open in mid-January.

The Chinese medical team which will work at the center is led by Dr. Chen Weirong, an ophthalmologist from Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center with 30 years of experience under her belt.

Chen is one of the Chinese top experts in cataract treatment and performs an average of 3,000 cataract surgeries every year.

According to Chinese media reports, she was part of a team of Chinese doctors which arrived to perform cataract surgeries as part of a medical cooperation project in January 2016, and again in September 2017.

The eye center at Hulhumale’ Hospital will offer diagnosis and treatment of cataract, glaucoma, ocular surface diseases, vitreous diseases, retinal diseases, and refractive error.