Chi­nese med­i­cal team treats thou­sands

Sunday Express - - NEWS - Mo­halenyane Phakela

AN eight-mem­ber team of Chi­nese med­i­cal spe­cial­ists man­aged to reach over 14 000 pa­tients in Le­sotho dur­ing their de­ploy­ment in the coun­try from Oc­to­ber last year till this past week.

Led by the team leader and acupunc­tur­ist, Zou Ran, the team of spe­cial­ists that in­cluded a physi­cian, or­thopaedists, ob­ste­tri­cians, gy­nae­col­o­gists and ra­di­ol­o­gists of­fered free con­sul­ta­tions and treat­ment for var­i­ous preva­lent dis­eases.

The team bade good­bye to Le­sotho on Fri­day dur­ing a re­cep­tion held at the Chi­nese Em­bassy in Maseru and at­tended by se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in­clud­ing Health Min­is­ter Nya­pane Kaya.

The event was also meant to wel­come 12th eight-mem­ber team of Chi­nese med­i­cal spe­cial­ists who will take over from the out­go­ing 11th team which ar­rived in Le­sotho in Oc­to­ber 2016.

Each year, the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment sends a team of eight med­i­cal spe­cial­ists to as­sist lo­cal doc­tors. The Chi­nese doc­tors are de­ployed at Mote­bang Hos­pi­tal in Leribe from where they visit re­mote ar­eas in the north­ern parts of the coun­try such as Mokhot­long. They also do­nate gro­ceries to the needy dur­ing their vis­its.

Since 1996, more than 130 Chi­nese doc­tors have been de­ployed to Le­sotho to help in dif­fer­ent hos­pi­tals.

Ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing, Mr Zou said they worked un­der tough con­di­tions with out­dated equip­ment and also had to con­tend with a lan­guage bar­rier.

“Our doc­tors from the ob­stet­rics and gy­nae­col­ogy, or­thopaedics and anaes­the­sia de­part­ment over­came the dif­fi­cul­ties of back­ward equip­ment and fa­cil­i­ties, in­ad­e­quate ap­pa­ra­tus and risk of in­fec­tion,” he said.

“Be­sides, most of the pa­tients could not speak English which led to a large amount of time be- ing spent on get­ting to know the pa­tients’ con­di­tion.

“We also per­formed the tra­di­tional Chi­nese acupunc­ture through which we treated peo­ple from dif­fer­ent ar­eas in­clud­ing gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials such as the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter (Monyane Moleleki).”

Mr Zou said the team never com­plained as they worked long hours and cater­ing for many pa­tients.

“We, as the 11th Chi­nese Med­i­cal Team to Le­sotho, reached 14 000 out­pa­tients, 1 000 in­pa­tients, 800 surg­eries, 130 emer­gen­cies, 4 000 acupunc­ture treat­ments, 800 anaes­the­sia, 2 000 ul­tra­sound ex­am­i­na­tions, 7 000 x-ray scan­ning and con­sul­ta­tion as well as 100 CT and MRI con­sul­ta­tions.”

The leader of the 12th med­i­cal team, Xu Xunghua, vowed to con­tinue the good work done by the out­go­ing team.

“The 11th Chi­nese Med­i­cal Team has laid a good foun­da­tion for our fu­ture work and we feel quite hon­oured to be tak­ing over from them.

“We will never be afraid of hard work and go an ex­tra mile to en­sure that we help pa­tients. We are ready to ful­fil our du­ties and help Ba­sotho whilst also strength­en­ing the re­la­tions be­tween China and Le­sotho.”

For his part, Mr Kaya paid trib­ute to the Chi­nese for the as­sis­tance they had ren­dered Ba­sotho over the past 20 years, adding that they had re­duced the num­ber of re­fer­rals from the north­ern re­gion to Queen ‘Mamo­hato Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal.

“Over 20 years, spe­cial­ized Chi­nese doc­tors have helped Le­sotho with the skills and equip­ment we lack, sav­ing many lives and im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life in Le­sotho,” the min­is­ter said.

“This is a huge con­tri­bu­tion and sacrifice as th­ese doc­tors have to part ways with their fam­i­lies for 12 months only to see that we have a bet­ter life here in Le­sotho.”

Mr Kaya added: “I would like to ap­plaud their ded­i­ca­tion to work un­der very chal­leng­ing cir­cum­stances. Mote­bang Hos­pi­tal has be­come a re­fer­ral cen­tre for other hos­pi­tals in the north­ern re­gion, re­duc­ing the num­ber of pa­tients trans­ferred to Queen ‘Mamo­hato Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal.”

Over 20 years, spe­cial­ized Chi­nese doc­tors have helped Le­sotho with the skills and equip­ment we lack, sav­ing many lives and im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life in Le­sotho,” the min­is­ter said.

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