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Twinned cities Cork and Shanghai sign Memorandum of Understanding on Health in Cork City Hall


Representatives of the HSE in Cork and Kerry and of The Shanghai Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning met on Monday July 31st at Cork City Hall to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Health.

Formally signing on behalf of the HSE was Teresa O’Donovan, Acting Chief Officer Cork  Kerry Community Healthcare, and on behalf of the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning was Dr. HUANG Hong, Party Secretary, Deputy Director General. The signing was graciously hosted by Cork City Lord Mayor, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald.

The MOU highlights an agreement between both Cork and Shanghai to enhance the exchanges and cooperation between the two cities, to the benefit of their respective citizens. Both parties have agreed to continue to work together to strengthen and encourage collaboration on a number of specific healthcare areas, including Primary Care, Aged Care, Emergency Response and Medical Services and Health Management.

This cooperation will be achieved through the organisation of medical staff training and academic activities; the exchange of information on healthcare and related medical issues; the facilitation of research and expertise sharing projects and the encouragement of communication and collaboration between appropriate medical organisations from both cities.

Cork and Shanghai have been twinned cities since the signing of the Sister City Agreement in May 2005. Since then, 25 schools are learning Chinese in Cork, while 12 Cork schools have been twinned with schools in Shanghai. An Intern Exchange Programme has also been funded. Lord Mayor Cllr Des Cahill also collected the Friendship City Award for Exchanges and Cooperation with China last November.

Also in attendance at the event in Cork City Hall today was Ann Doherty, Chief Executive of Cork City Council; Rebecca Loughry, Specialist Social Inclusion with the HSE and Cork City Council; Patrick Ledwidge, Director of Services, Strategic Planning, Economic Development and Enterprise; Ronnie Dorney, Principal Community Worker; Stephen Murphy, Community Health Worker; Denise Cahill, Healthy Cities Coordinator.

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