On November 8, 2019, Dr. Corinna, an ophthalmologist at the Windhoek Central Hospital, Namibia, made a case presentation to an expert team in Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH) via telehealth video consultation system at 3 p.m.
The young male patient had suffered from low vision for one month, and fundus examination revealed a variety of lesions including bleeding, exudation, and papillary edema. Conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, hypertensive retinopathy, and infectious fundus lesions were suspected. To confirm the diagnosis, Dr. Corinna uploaded the patient's fundus photographs and other imaging data to the fundus image reading platform in PUMCH Telemedicine Center. The ophthalmologists from both China and Namibia conducted a lively discussion on the patient's condition and imaging data in English, and finally confirmed the diagnosis as hypertensive retinopathy. The treatment plan was formulated accordingly.
Chinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan, who was visiting Namibia, observed the whole remote consultation and spoke highly of it.
This was the first international teleconsultation service offered by PUMCH to Namibia. Academician Zhao Yupei, president of PUMCH, steered the whole process. Party Secretary Zhang Zhangyang and Vice President Han Ding meticulously guided the preparation of the remote consultation. The video consultation was carried out in high definition and high speed, just like face-to-face communication. This successful event marks that the international teleconsultation can be carried out between the third world countries, which has laid a solid foundation for deepening China-Namibia friendship and building a community of common destiny between China and African countries.