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China to open ophthalmic center in Maldives

Shaina Abdulla
12 August 2018, MVT 14:18
Chinese ambassador to the Maldives Zhang Lizhong (L) shakes hands with President Abdulla Yameen (R) at the President's. - PHOTO: President's Office
Shaina Abdulla
12 August 2018, MVT 14:18

Ambassador of China to the Maldives, Zhang Lizhong, has revealed that the Chinese government will establish an ophthalmic center in the Maldives.

Speaking to local news media "Mihaaru", Lizhong stated that the state-of-the-art ophthalmic centre for eye care will be established in the reclaimed suburb, Hulhumale.

He further revealed that major eye surgeries can also be carried out at the ophthalmic center. However, Lizhong declared that no further details can be disclosed as both nations are currently discussing plans for the ophthalmic center.

During a recent event at Bandos Island Resort, the Chinese ambassador to the Maldives also stated that the country will donate desalination plants to islands across the archipelago to provide safe drinking water and further assured that solar systems will be donated and installed in 58 islands in the Maldives.

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has been sharing the closest relations with China and Saudi Arabia since the beginning of his term. Notably, the largest and one of the most expensive development projects being conducted in the Maldives, the landmark Sinamale bridge connecting capital Male with airport island Hulhule, is being developed with the great aid of China.During the official visit of China's President Xi Jinping to the island nation in 2014, a sea ambulance was donated as part of the China free aid agreen upon between China and Maldives. The free aid agreement was signed between the two countries in 2015.

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