By Denis Ejulu
The ninth batch of the Chinese medical team that recently arrived in South Sudan has commenced work.
Isaac Maker, Director of Juba Teaching Hospital where the Chinese medics are stationed hailed both their predecessor and the current team for contributing enormously to the health sector.
“These people are helping the hospital tremendously, they are making a big change in management of patients of Juba Teaching Hospital. Some of the departments were not there at all they were started by the Chinese and that is why we want them to continue,” Maker told The Juba Echo in Juba on Wednesday.
The ninth batch from Anhui Province arrived on Sept.6 in the country, replacing the eighth batch of Chinese medical team.
Maker disclosed that the presence of Chinese doctors has helped South Sudanese medical doctors to improve on their work ethic, in addition to acquiring valuable knowledge.
“There are things we cannot achieve they (Chinese) are not only treating, but they are teaching our doctors how to treat some of these diseases, you know medicine in China is more advanced than what we have in South Sudan,” said Maker.
Ding Zhen, General Surgeon and team leader of the ninth batch of Chinese medical team said their presence in the youngest nation will allow them the opportunity to serve South Sudanese and also promote relations between the two countries.
“We plan to do daily clinical consultation, operation for the patients including training and sharing knowledge with local doctors. We will also donate medicines and equipment annually,” said Ding.
Zhang Ming Yuan, Gynecologist said they are hoping to create friendly relationship with South Sudanese, adding that so far she has conducted screening for cervical cancer among women.
“We have already done some screening for cervical cancer among women. I think this kind of checkup is very important because it helps detect the problem, and allow treatment to start earlier on than when cervical cancer is at it’s worst stage,” said Zhang.
Chinese medical doctors have been treating patients, and also training local doctors over the years since independence of South Sudan in 2011.