• Tue. Sep 27th, 2022

China sends new medical team to help Uganda

ByMadeleine J. Pierce

Jun 9, 2022

The medical team attends a farewell ceremony before leaving for Uganda. By Ye Limin/JKB.COM.CN

The medical team attends a farewell ceremony before leaving for Uganda. By Ye Limin/JKB.COM.CN

China has sent another group of medical workers to Uganda to help the African nation fight various diseases and improve its public health system.

The team, consisting of seven medical experts, a translator and a chef, was selected from three hospitals and a university in southwest China’s Yunnan Province. They departed from the provincial capital of Kunming on Thursday.

“Pursuing the hardworking and indomitable spirit, we will do our best to help people get rid of diseases,” said Guo Zhiping, team leader of Yunnan No. 3 People’s Hospital, during the meeting. farewell ceremony on Wednesday.

Guo added that they will further deepen cooperation between the two sides on hospital management, disciplinary construction, talent cultivation, telemedicine and public health, among other areas.

The medical team takes an oath before traveling to Uganda. By Ye Limin/JKB.COM.CN

The medical team takes an oath before traveling to Uganda. By Ye Limin/JKB.COM.CN

Medical experts are drawn from different departments, covering gastroenterology, anesthesiology, otolaryngology, thyroid and breast surgery, urinary surgery, tuberculosis, and acupuncture science and moxibustion, an important practice in traditional Chinese medicine.

Prior to their departure, the team received four months of training, including sampling and PCR testing skills, as they will also help the country combat COVID-19 during their 15-month stay.

Since 1983, Yunnan has sent 21 medical teams to Uganda. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Uganda, and Guo said he hopes their service in the country will help strengthen the deep mutual friendship.

China sent a medical team to Algeria in 1963, announcing its medical aid venture in Africa. In November 2011, China released a white paper on China-Africa cooperation, which said China had by then sent 23,000 doctors to the mainland and treated some 230 million people.