29th April 2017
China Focus: Chinese doctors bring light to African patients
Every now and then, Liu Hua, 54, thinks of her little friend Nshimirimana Thierry in Burundi, east Africa, a once cataract-blinded boy who gained vision thanks to Liu’s surgery last year.
“I’ll never forget his pure smile when the bandages came off,” said Liu, an eye doctor from northeast China’s Liaoning Province. “He had been blind for more than three months before the surgery.”
Liu is among thousands of medical aid personnel dispatched to 41 African countries in 2016. Their endeavours received a warm response at a conference — “China-Africa Health Co-operation, From Commitments to Actions” — in Pretoria, South Africa earlier this week.
Representatives from 31 African countries spoke highly of China’s support for African countries. China had also signed an agreement on a free-cataract-surgery program with African countries, including Sierra Leone.