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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.
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.