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UPDATED: 13:27, October 29, 2006
Chinese medical teams enjoy reputation in Africa
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A 34-year-old Cameroonian lady has experienced a miracle on herself in the recent two months.

She had desperately taken it as destiny to spend the rest of her life in bed after a four-month treatment in a French hospital failed to cure her hemiplegia and alogia, all sequelae of a stroke.

To her amazement, only five times of acupuncture treatments by a Chinese doctor in the maternity hospital of Yaounde, Cameroonian capital, has enabled her to walk with a cane and talk once again.

The miracle-maker Wen Hong, however, was not startled by the case. The leader of Chinese medical team in Cameroon has eyewitnessed so many similar miracles as fruits of the Chinese doctors' unremitting efforts.

Chinese medical teams in Africa have been highly commended by the African governments and local people for their excellent healing art and noble medical ethics. Hundreds of team members have been awarded various titles and honors by African heads of state.


China has sent a total of 16,000 medical personnel to 47 African nations and regions since the dispatch of its first medical team to Algeria in 1963. A total of 240 million Africans have received the treatment of Chinese doctors. Currently about 900 members of the Chinese medical teams are working in about 35 African nations.

The Chinese medical teams not only diagnose common ailments but also undertake challenging operations like the replantation of limbs and the removal of huge tumors. They saved lots of lives in Africa and filled many voids in the development of medical science in the recipient countries.

Besides treating patients, the Chinese doctors have taken it as their responsibility to help African colleagues improve their techniques.

Qiao Shihui, who has been to Niger with the Chinese medical team for three times, said the medical teams would help correct local doctors' improper treatment procedures or wrong medical concepts, as well as teach them how to use some advanced medical equipments.

In addition, due to the lack of medical staff in Africa, many Chinese doctors have to shoulder the task of running a number of departments in the hospital, taking on all kinds of challenging operations.


Chinese doctors working in Africa have to face lots of difficulties. They have to use out-of-date medical equipment, face the embarrassment of drug shortage and poor working conditions.

Much worse is that their life may be in danger at any time as Africa is heavily plagued by many killer diseases. Any operation conducted might expose them to the hazard of infection, like a dance on the sharp edge of a sword.

Xu Fasong, a member of the Chinese medical team in Botswana, is one of those fearless fighters. Due to carelessness, Xu had his finger pricked by a syringe used by an HIV-positive patient during an operation to remove a foreign body from the patient's cornea.

Xu was immediately aware of what the accident might bring to his life. However, after simply treating and sterilizing the cut, he continued with the operation as if nothing had happened.

Xu later had to take anti-HIV medication for several periods of treatment. Fortunately test results after a long wait showed at last that Xu was not infected by the HIV virus. During the process, Xu remained calm and said, "I am ready to accept any result."

However, in the past 43 years dozens of Chinese doctors have died in Africa when performing their duties on the continent far away from their homeland .

Members of the Chinese medical teams, with their hard work, outstanding medical skills, noble morality and selfless dedication, have won the hearts of African people. They are lauded by African governments and people as "Envoys in White", "Models of South- South Cooperation" and "The Most Popular People".

Source: Xinhua

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