Chinese doctors treat 260 mln patients by 2009 in foreign aid: white paper

15:55, April 21, 2011      

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China had altogether sent over 21,000 medical workers to other countries and they had treated 260 million patients in the recipient countries by the end of 2009, says a white paper on China's foreign aid released on Thursday.

China sends medical teams to recipient countries and provides free medical devices and medicines. These medical teams then provide location-based or touring medical services in those countries, says the white paper issued by the Information Office of the State Council.

In 1963, China dispatched the first medical team to Algeria. So far, China has sent medical teams to 69 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Oceania, the white paper says.

These teams usually work in underdeveloped areas where conditions are harsh and people lack medical services and medicines. These teams have cured many patients with common and frequently occurring diseases, and treated some complicated and serious diseases with acupuncture and moxibustion, medical massage and integrated use of traditional Chinese and Western medicine, saving many critically ill patients.

They have also passed on their skills to local medical staff, helping improve local medical and health services. With sound medical skills, lofty medical ethics and a high sense of responsibility and mission, they have worked hard to serve the people of the recipient countries, and thus won respect and praise from the governments and peoples of these countries.

In 2009, 60 Chinese medical teams composed of 1,324 members provided medical services at 130 medical institutions in 57 developing countries, according to the white paper.

Source: Xinhua
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