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China's aid to Pakistan shows true friendship

(Guangming Daily)

16:35, November 03, 2011

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

Beijing, Nov.3 (People's Daily Online) --Chinese medical team in flood-hit areas in Pakistan

Despite difficulties, a 50-member medical team from China is working hard to help flood victims in Pakistan, who are deeply moved by the efforts of the medical team members.

Liu Minghua, head of the Chinese medical team, said they arrived on Oct. 21 in the flood-stricken Kunri town about 320 kilometers east of Karachi, one of the largest cities in Pakistan. Due to the severely flooded roadways and the urgency of their tasks, the medical team members, who did not have enough rations, had to satisfy their hunger by drinking mineral water and eating instant noodles and peanuts.

Although the flood-hit Kunri did not lose order, various diseases were still threatening the health of local residents. Upon arriving there, the medical team members quickly set up a simple tent hospital consisting of the essential departments of gynecology and obstetrics, pediatrics, dermatology and gastroenterology, and then devoted themselves into saving the lives of flood victims.

They have also used high-tech remote medical devices to provide emergency medical services to critically ill patients far away. So far, the Chinese medical team has treated more than 1,200 patients in Pakistan.

To respect local social and religious customs of Pakistan as a Muslim country, the medical services team has specifically included 14 female doctors. To popularize health and cultural information and eliminate the sources of infectious diseases, the team has also provided local doctors with special training and taught disaster-hit people good health habits.

Liu said that the medical services team has taken on the commitments made by China and aimed to promote China-Pakistan relations. Therefore, the medical services team has not only combated diseases in disaster-hit areas but it has also tried to eliminate the sources of diseases.

They are making efforts to postpone and prevent the spread and proliferation of diseases by offering children in disaster-hit areas health and cultural education, helping to establish basic medical services facilities and continuously increasing health awareness.

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