(By Wang Jing, Duan Wenli) Appointed by the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), a medical team consisting ophthalmologists from PUMCH and the First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University travelled to Vientiane, capital of Laos, to perform cataract surgeries from 6th to 16th, November, 2017. Chinese President Xi Jinping, who was paying a state visit to Laos, attended the cornerstone-laying ceremony of Mahosot Hospital on the 14th, met the team members and talked with them briefly.
President Xi visited patients in the ward, and listened to an introduction by Professor Zhong Yong, head of the team and director of PUMCH’s ophthalmology department. Medical workers removed the eye cover of two patients who were in recovery after surgery. They thanked the Chinese government for sending medical workers to bring back light to them. Xi praised the medical workers for not only restoring sight to local patients but contributing to the friendship between the two peoples and to the international spirit in a new era.
The medical team performed, free of charge, cataract surgeries on 304 local patients. The first of its kind, it is a state-level medical aid under the cooperation of NHFPC and the Ministry of Health of Laos. The team had 14 members, including 7 from PUMCH’s ophthalmology department: Professor Zhong Yong, Associate Professor Zhang Shunhua, Physician Wang Zaowen, Physician Yang Zhikun and Nurses Xie Dan, Wang Fei and Wang Yiyi, deputy director of the ophthalmology department of Mahosot Hospital, praised the medical skills and service of the Chinese team, and thanked them for not only bringing light to patients but also teaching the local staff.
Since 2014, PUMCH has been part of many medical teams sent to Asian and African countries to bring light to thousands of patients, thus contributing to the friendship between China and these peoples.