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Chinese doctor delivers over 10,000 infants in Algeria

(People's Daily Online)    13:44, April 10, 2019

Li delivers triplets. Photo provided by Li

Chinese doctor Li Li has delivered over 10,000 infants during her two-year stay in Algeria, as a member of a Chinese medical team sent to aid Africa.

After receiving seven months of training in French and comprehensive medical skills, Li, from a maternity and child healthcare hospital in Xiangyang, central China’s Hubei province, became an official member of the Chinese medical team sent to Africa in June 2016. Nine months later, she was deployed to an obstetrics and gynecology hospital in Setif, Algeria.

As a teaching hospital at provincial level, the hospital provided medical services to 1.5 million local women. However, upon Li's arrival, only four Chinese doctors and one local doctor worked there.

An official from the Algerian Ministry of Health, head of Chinese medical aid team, and Li (middle) pose for a picture. Photo provided by Li

Li often had to handle a dozen cesarean sections in a single day. “You had to be highly efficient in theatre, as many women were still waiting outside,” she said.

Apart from offering medical assistance, Li and her colleagues also introduced Chinese medical techniques to local staff, correcting non-standard operations and ideas, helping to lower the death rate of women and infants.

Now, upon finishing her mission, Li has returned to China. She said she benefited from her two-year stay in Algeria, and is willing to take on another mission soon.

Li Li's certificate for outstanding medical staff. Photo provided by Li

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