(Xinhua) -- Workayehu Begi, 50, has been suffering
from a severe back injury since she fell down the stairs about a
month ago, despite having received several rounds of medical
treatment from various health facilities in Addis Ababa, capital
city of Ethiopia.
Begi said her pain however has largely
reduced over the last two weeks ever since she was referred to
the Chinese-backed Tirunesh-Beijing Hospital for an acupuncture
treatment, an ancient Chinese method of treatment in which fine
needles are inserted in the skin at specific points to treat
various physical and mental conditions.
“I was injured in a fall in my house,
and doctors referred me to 15 days’ acupuncture treatment and I
see visible difference now,” said Begi.
Emphasizing that acupuncture is not
just a medical treatment, but a guide to a healthy lifestyle,
she said Chinese doctors working at Tirunesh-Beijing Hospital is
also giving her advice on how to stay healthy to prevent future
“They advise me to avoid frequent up
and down movement of my body, to correctly seat on chairs, avoid
standing still for long time or sitting for long time, eat
vegetables and do frequent physical exercise.” she said.
“This is a treatment many have been
cured with, I’ve also witnessed my bodily improvements and now
I’m giving lessons to my society on acupuncture benefits,” Begi
While patients like Begi is grateful
for receiving Chinese medical treatment for their pains, for
Anemaw Workineh, 30, a nurse at Tirunesh- Beijing Hospital, the
partnership with Chinese doctors has enlightened him on the
Chinese ethics of fast, efficient, and hard work.
“Chinese doctors are fast reactors
when you call them for help and they are diligent in their
work,” Workineh told Xinhua.
“There was a moment when one of our
staff received an injury on his chin from a beating he received,
our specialists were not able to operate on the injured
colleague, but the Chinese specialists performed successful
maxillofacial surgery on the injured staff...I’ve witnessed much
change when we work together with Chinese specialists, in fact
we’ve not used their full potential,” he said.
The 20th batch of the
Chinese medical team, which constitutes 16 medical
professionals, is based at Tirunesh-Beijing Hospital, also known
as the Ethio-China Friendship Hospital, located in Akaki at the
outskirt of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.
The team, deployed at Tirunesh-Beijing
Hospital, is the continuation of China’s medical mission to
Ethiopia that has been serving the people of the east African
country since 1974.
Consisting of 15 doctors and one
translator, specializing in thirteen different medical majors
including cardiology, eye treatment, acupuncture and pathology
treatment, the Chinese medical team has been treating Ethiopians
regardless of their background, and in the process, imparting
their medical knowledge to Ethiopian colleagues.
Speaking to Xinhua, Zhao Cheng, Team
leader and Cardiologist of the 20th Chinese Medical
Team, said his team has been giving their medical services to
Ethiopian patients since August 2017, despite the noticeable
differences in prevalence of medical ailments between what they
saw in China and Ethiopia.
“Chinese patients have many kinds of
cardio diseases and suffer from tumors besides normal disease,
for African people there is a prevalence of infectious diseases
and traffic accident injuries.” he said.
Zhao also said his medical team has
also been working hard to treat Ethiopians and Chinese
expatriates who have not been able to come for various reasons
to Tirunesh Beijing Hospital.
“Besides our daily work at Tirunesh
Beijing Hospital, we’ve done medical treatments in more than 73
clinics and two Chinese companies treating Ethiopians and
Chinese alike,” said Zhao.
He is optimistic the Chinese medical
mission will continue to serve thousands of Ethiopians in need
of medical care while helping train a new group of Ethiopian
According to Zhao, their dedication
and service manifests the growing people to people relations
among the two brotherly countries, more than four decades after
the first Chinese medical team arrived in Ethiopia.
Notably among the previous Chinese
medical personnel in Ethiopia is the deceased doctor Mei
Gengnian, who led the first Chinese medical mission to Ethiopia
more than 40 years ago.
Mei Gengnian died in 1975 in a car
accident while he was serving local communities in Jimma town of
Oromia regional state, where he was still remembered and
receiving homage from local community members.