Speech by Spanish Ambassador during opening of New Sampaka Hospital

The new Sampaka Hospital was built by Spain in exchange for the cancelling of Spanish debt with Equatorial Guinea. The construction of the hospital and its equipment has cost 17 million Euro. The Spanish Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea, Guillermo Lopez Mac-Lellan, in his speech, highlighted the importance of access to health for the population.

For Spain health has always been a priority, just as for the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, said the ambassador, who recalled that throughout recent decades Spain had undergone profound modernisation to its national health system, through the creation and installation of the health infrastructures that place it among the best in the world.

The common objective is that health, as recognised by the World Health Organisation, is accessible to all, and we also want this for Equatorial Guinea. Spain wishes to accompany the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in the common aim of improving access to health care for the population”, said Guillermo Lopez.

He also recalled that the construction of the new Malabo Hospital was carried out by various Spanish companies specialising in this, and the construction had cost 17 million Euro. The hospital has all services, including intensive care, and is also provided with greater capacities to cover patients’ needs. The health centre also has the latest technology for diagnosis, and various central x-ray systems, and it has various laboratories, with rehabilitation units, a blood bank and pharmacy; making the new Malabo Hospital in Sampaka both modern and multi-purpose.

The ambassador also pointed out the work which made the construction of the hospital possible. This hospital, which is a true reflection of the relations of friendship and cooperation maintained today between the two countries of Equatorial Guinea and the Kingdom of Spain. Finally I wanted to use this occasion to pass on early congratulations to the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to mark his upcoming birthday, and express congratulations for the recent election of Equatorial Guinea as non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, a candidacy that my country backed from the outset”.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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