Chinese doctors treat Mulanje flood victims


By Matilda Chimwaza:

A Team of 17 Chinese doctors on Friday provided health services to people affected by floods in Traditional Authority Mthiramanja, Mulanje District.

Speaking during the visit to one of the camps, Economic and Commercial Counselor at the Chinese Embassy, Liu Guouyu, said the provision of health services to the flood victims in camps demonstrates China’s commitment to assist the government in disaster response.


“Whenever Malawi is in an emergency, China is always one of those countries which respond and provide aid. Whenever we help, we want to provide tangible assistance to Malawian people. So, this year, apart from making various donations, the Chinese medical team is here to bring medical care to injured Malawians,” Guouyu said.

The medical team provided free medical treatment and medicine to over 70 floods victims.

Guouyu said China would closely work with the government of Malawi in disaster response to ensure that those affected are assisted and have basic necessities.


“The Chinese side will work together with the Malawian Government and people [affected by the floods] to minimise the damage of the disaster and relieve the pain of the people affected by the disaster. I do believe that, under the leadership of President [Peter] Mutharika and the Malawian Government, the people of Malawi will definitely be able to rebuild the beautiful homeland in the near future,” he said.

The team’s leader, Fan Jiangbo, said the flood victims were prone to various infections including malaria, hence the medical aid.

“Cholera and typhoid are very common in such scenarios and we were fully prepared to treat such diseases and provide all healthcare services to our brothers and sisters in the camp,” Fan said.

One of the flood victims and beneficiary of the exercise, Dainosi Layisi, thanked the Chinese doctors for the free services, saying they had addressed one of the challenges at the camp.

“Hospitals are very far away here and these doctors have saved us from travelling long distances to get medical assistance and we are now safe from diseases,” Layisi said.

During the exercise, the medical team distributed mosquito repellants to help in malaria prevention.

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