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Chinese team helps heal Nepal

Updated: 2015-05-08 07:30
By ZHAO YANRONG (China Daily)

Chinese team helps heal Nepal

Chinese doctors were listening to local patients, before taking physical examinations. Provided to China Daily

Mithun is one of 1,500 local patients who have been treated at the field hospital.

Since arriving in Kathmandu on April 30, the team sent by the Red Cross Society of China has been busy visiting patients and seeking a base for the hospital.

On May 1, International Workers' Day, the medical team walked nearly 30 km from Kathmandu to areas where no medical support had come since the quake struck on April 25.

Wang Ping, director of the Chinese Red Cross team to Nepal, said: "After consulting with the Nepal Red Cross, we found that most local and international medical teams were gathered in Kathmandu, the capital, which did not suffer the most damage.

"Many people living near mountainous areas, like the 15,000 people in Magagun where we camped, had not received any proper medical treatment since the quake."

Moving medical supplies to the area was not easy. It took the team more than eight hours to drive along 130 kilometers of damaged roads. On arrival, the team put up 10 tents.

"Even under a strong sun, people are lining up outside our tents. They are so eager to see a doctor, and this makes us feel more responsible for them," Wang said.

Nearly 20 doctors, including experts in emergencies, orthopedics, respiratory diseases, pediatrics and gynecology, worked at the field hospital, Wang said.

The Chinese team also offers help to those who need psychological counseling.

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