Chi­nese doctors serve ru­ral Rwanda

Pro­vid­ing free treat­ment and con­ve­nience is one of our main as­sign­ments.”

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Page Two -

The 18th China Med­i­cal Team in Rwanda be­gan a week of free treat­ment on Wednesday in Rwanda’s Ki­bungo town. Hun­dreds of res­i­dents gath­ered at the clinic in Ki­bungo, East­ern prov­ince, around 9:30 am to seek help from the Chi­nese doctors. The doctors — who come from the fields of or­tho­pe­dics, in­ter­nal medicine, surgery, stom­a­tol­ogy, acupunc­ture, anes­the­si­ol­ogy and ma­ter­nity — pro­vided con­sul­ta­tion and treat­ment. They also do­nated medicine.

“I have been suf­fer­ing from painful swollen legs for the past two years and have vis­ited sev­eral health­care cen­ters in my area,” said Jean d’Arc Mukan­du­tiye, 47, who re­ceived a di­ag­no­sis, medicines and a rec­om­men­da­tion for fur­ther med­i­cal check­ups from the Chi­nese doctors.

“It’s ex­pen­sive to get a checkup and treat­ment in the hospi­tal. I tried, but I couldn’t af­ford it,” the mother of seven said.

The pa­tients at the site re­ported health prob­lems rang­ing from their teeth to malaria, hyper­ten­sion, di­a­betes, re­pro­duc­tive health, in­fluenza, arthri­tis, ty­phoid and skin dis­eases.

Em­manuel Ndayam­baje, 60, who has suf­fered se­vere headaches for the past six months, said the health cen­ters he vis­ited failed to di­ag­nose the prob­lem. But the Chi­nese doctors were able to ex­plain the cause to him, he said.

He ex­pressed his grat­i­tude for the free ser­vice, as it had been dif­fi­cult for him to get help in Ki­gali be­cause of his fi­nan­cial con­straints.

Eu­ge­nie Imurinde, head of the Ki­bungo clinic, thanked the doctors for their work.

“Many pa­tients, es­pe­cially in ru­ral ar­eas, fail to get treat­ment even for mi­nor prob­lems be­cause of a lack of money, and some­times the long dis­tances in­volved,” Imurinde said.

“When our clinic can’t han­dle com­pli­cated health prob­lems and re­fer these pa­tients to hos­pi­tals, the may choose not to go be­cause they don’t have the money,” she said.

Pro­vid­ing free treat­ment and con­ve­nience for Rwan­dans is one of the Chi­nese med­i­cal teams’ main as­sign­ments, ac­cord­ing to team leader Lu Jun.

China be­gan send­ing med­i­cal teams to Rwanda in 1982. Hun­dreds of Chi­nese med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als have worked in Rwanda since then.

LVE TIANRAN / XINHUA

A mem­ber of the 18th China Med­i­cal Team in Rwanda ex­am­ines a pa­tient on Wednesday. leader of the 18th China Med­i­cal Team in Rwanda

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