Doc­tor chang­ing am­bia

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break of cholera eam with no y could to help ce led to the se doc­tors, who atigue and liver oc­tors bat­tled eak, Gong cul­ties, the team sick peo­ple. For mself to set­tle p im­prove the di­cal Team for el that Zam­bia’s med­i­cal con­di­tions are back­ward and need us very much. So af­ter the Med­i­cal Team’s work, I de­cided to stay in Zam­bia and start this clinic to con­tinue ser­vic­ing the health of the Zam­bian peo­ple,” Gong, who runs Rong Zeng Clinic in Lusaka, the coun­try’s capital, told the Xin­hua News Agency in re­cent days.

The 80-year-old doc­tor said he has been run­ning his clinic for the last 22 years, dur­ing which time he has at­tended to about 160,000 pa­tients for the di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment of var­i­ous dis­eases.

“The med­i­cal fee here is flexible and can be ex­empted. I am very happy to do some­thing for the lo­cal peo­ple. I want to con­tinue to work hard to do what I can do for the health of the Zam­bian peo­ple and over­seas Chi­nese, and for the friend­ship be­tween the two peo­ples,” he said.

In 2015, Gong rep­re­sented the China Med­i­cal Team to ac­cept the first “China Am­bas­sadors Friend­ship Award,” an honor that only those Chi­nese who make sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to Zam­bia’s de­vel­op­ment are en­ti­tled to.

Main mo­ti­va­tion

De­spite his ad­vanc­ing age, the doc­tor’s pas­sion to help peo­ple has been his mo­ti­va­tion for staying in Zam­bia.

Ac­cord­ing to him, apart from treat­ing pa­tients, he also shares his knowl­edge with lo­cals of how they can take care of their health them­selves and pre­vent dis­eases.

His med­i­cal skills and work ethic have not es­caped the recog­ni­tion of his pa­tients, who show­ered him with praise.

Christo­pher Si­akakole, 65, who has been Gong’s patient since 1999, com­mended the Chi­nese doc­tor for his work ethic and the ef­fi­cacy of Chi­nese medicine.

“Be­cause the doc­tor is very good, their medicine is very good. It works very well. So far, from 1999 up to this time, I am still very healthy be­cause of the medicine which they gave me,” he said.

He said he has been com­ing to Gong’s clinic be­cause he has con­fi­dence in him, adding that he has also been tak­ing his fam­ily.

Car­los Moyo Caroso, an­other patient, had praise for the doc­tor, say­ing she was happy with his ex­pe­ri­ence and ser­vice.

“We are happy with his ser­vice, ser­vice here is very good,” she said.

Gong, who still goes run­ning ev­ery day, is just one of the Chi­nese doc­tors work­ing to help im­prove the health sys­tem in Zam­bia.

Since 1978, the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment has sent 21 Med­i­cal Teams and 574 Med­i­cal Team mem­bers to Zam­bia. The teams have treated more than 3 mil­lion pa­tients, car­ried out more than 20,000 types of surg­eries, and in­tro­duced and im­ple­mented more than 700 new tech­nolo­gies and projects.

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