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The China Medical Team treats the elderly in Mogoditshane

The China Medical Team treats the elderly in Mogoditshane
February 01
09:41 2019

On Sunday (January 27th), the Charity Association of Chinese in Botswana (CACB), 15th China medical Team and Theopathy Elderly Care Association (TECA) jointly held an event where free medical screening, treatment and counselling to the elderly were provided. The event was held in Mogoditshane. The event commemorated the 38th anniversary of the Chinese medical support to Botswana.

Over 150 elderly came for medical assistance treated by 15 Chinese doctors with different specializations. Students from the DDT College of Medicine interpreted for the Chinese doctors.

Welcoming the visitors, Kgosi Keabetswe Dihutso of Mogoditshane thanked all the organizations involved for the assistance they were rendering to the elderly.

The China Medical Team leader, Dr Lin Yongjian explained that the current team is the 15th batch to come to Botswana. The first batch, he said, arrived in January 1981. “So far, 465 medical members from Fujian Province have served on this mission to provide medical services to Batswana,” he explained. Dr. Yongjian said to date over 2.7 million people were diagnosed and treated by the various medical teams and over 120,000 operations were performed.

Further, the team leader explained that the current batch which arrived in March last year has its members stationed at both Princess Marina in Gaborone and Nyangabgwe Referral Hospital in Francistown. “By the end of December 2018, the team had received 18,829 outpatients, 35,282 inpatients, done 2,492 operations, and saved 553 critically ill patients. Doctors from different departments cooperate with each other closely and complete a number of difficult surgical operations which were impossible to be done in Botswana before,” said Dr. Yongjian.

Representative of the Chinese Embassy in Botswana, Counsellor Yang Xunlei alluded to good relations enjoyed by Botswana and China. He said the embassy was fully committed to contribute to Botswana’s development. He said the spectrum of China’s assistance was not limited only to medical assistance but that that they could assist in other areas as well.  He commended the initiative by the both the medical team and the CACB saying China has an aging population and thus its medical personnel are experienced in treating and caring for the elderly.

The Member of Parliament for Mogoditshane, Sedirwa Kgoroba expressed gratitude for the initiative. He alluded to a lack of specialist doctors in Botswana and noted that such outreach initiatives filled the gap. He suggested to the CACB and the medical team for the initiative to be a monthly occurrence.

The CACB is a charitable organization founded by Chinese nationals living in Botswana and its goal is to improve the lives of the needy. The CACB has been involved with many charitable events including the renovation of a clinic in Mogoditshane two years ago.

TECA is a recently established not-for-profit organization focusing on care for the elderly in particular those with diabetes.

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