By Lyu Tianran and Frank Kanyesigye
KIBUNGO, Rwanda (Xinhua) -- The 18th
China Medical Team in Rwanda on Wednesday launched a week-long
free treatment activity in Rwanda’s Kibungo Cell.
Hundreds of local
residents gathered at the health post in Kibungo, Eastern
Province, around 9:30 a.m. to receive free medical care from
the Chinese doctors. The doctors from departments of
orthopedics, internal medicine, surgery, stomatology,
acupuncture, anesthesiology and maternity provided
consultations and treatment, after donating medicines to the
“I have been
suffering from painful swollen legs for the past two years and
have visited several healthcare centers in my area,” said Jean
d’Arc Mukandutiye, 47, who got diagnosis, medicines,
recommendation of further medical checkup from the Chinese
“It’s expensive to
access medical checkup and treatment in hospitals. I tried to
get treatment in hospitals but I couldn’t afford,” said the
mother of seven.
The patients at
the site reported health problems ranging from dental
problems, malaria, hypertension, diabetes, reproductive
health, influenza, arthritis, typhoid to skin diseases.
Ndayambaje, who suffered a terrible headache for the past six
months, said the health centers he visited failed to diagnose
the problem. The Chinese doctors explained to him the cause of
the headache, he said.
The 60 years old
expressed his gratitude for the free medical services, as it
has been difficult for him to access health services in Kigali
due to his financial constraints.
head of Kibungo health post, thanked the Chinese medical team
for the work they have done for the health center.
especially in rural areas fail to access treatment even for
minor problems, due to lack of money for treatment and
sometimes the long distances involved,” Imurinde said.
“When our health
post can’t handle complicated health problems and refer these
patients to hospitals, they don’t go because of financial
difficulties,” she said.
treatment to Rwandans is one of the Chinese medical teams’
main assignments, according to the team leader Lu Jun. The
team aims to provide Rwandan patients with convenience through
such activities, she said.
China started to
dispatch medical team to Rwanda in 1982, and there have been
hundreds of medical staff working in Rwanda since then.