Chinese overseas medical services have helped countless countries since 1963

A charter flight carrying a 9-member Chinese aid team, along with tons of medical supplies, has arrived at Rome’s Fiumicino airport, part of China’s efforts to help Italy contain the new outbreak coronavirus, March 12, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

China has offered diagnosis and treatment to foreign patients 290 million times since 1963, when the country sent its first overseas medical support team to Algeria, China’s top health authority said on Friday.

“Over the past nearly 60 years, we have sent a total of 28,000 medical workers to 73 countries and regions around the world, saving countless lives around the world,” said He Zhaohua, deputy director of international cooperation. of the National Health Commission, in at a press conference, adding that more than 2,000 supporting doctors have received Chinese and foreign national honors.

Overseas medical support has been consistently offered to needy developing countries, including not only sending medical teams but also establishing hospital partnerships and running free short-term clinics, he said. declared.

So far, China has developed dedicated cooperation with 46 hospitals from 41 countries around the world, helping them establish major medical centers specializing in cardiac medicine and intensive care, the official said, taking the China-Tanzania cooperation as example.

“Previously, many Tanzanian patients with heart disease had to travel abroad for treatment; now they can accept treatment at local hospitals aided by China, thanks to years of effort and bilateral cooperation,” he said, noting that many patients from neighboring countries have also visited. in hospitals aided by China for medical services.

In addition, free cataract surgeries have been performed in more than 30 countries, helping tens of thousands of patients regain their sight, according to the health official, adding that repair operations for cleft lip and palate and Heart disease free surgeries were also conducted.