PRAIA, June 14 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese-invested medical clinic was set up Saturday on Cape Verde's Sao Vicente Island, offical source told Xinhua on Sunday.
"The idea of this Chinese investor is to bring investments in the field of health, to bring advanced, new and modern technologies, which will guarantee the (medical) capacity to react quickly and charge a more competitive price on the market for the majority of the population," the Cape Verdean director of the clinic, Adilson Santos, told Xinhua.
He added that the objective is that "all social sectors have access to quality health services."
The medical clinic "Sol Nascente," located in the city center of Mindelo, was founded with an investment of more than 120 million Cape Verdean escudos (about 1.2 million U.S. dollars) from a Chinese investor.
The clinic now have gynecology, pediatrics, orthopedics and other services, but will extend according to market needs, Santos said.
"In this sense, the intention is, in a short time, to develop both Cape Verdean infrastructures and human resources, in particular by hiring new nurses, who have not yet managed to find a job on the market," Santos explained.
Minister of Maritime Economy Paulo Veiga participated on Saturday in the opening ceremony of the clinic, and said that it was a "great honor" to open a clinic, "especially at this time when the world is struggling with the novel coronavirus." Enditem