May 24, 2018
The Chinese Medical Team at the Sierra Leone-China Friendship at Jui has on May 22 provided free medical services to over 300 staff of Fourah Bay College (FBC) at the invitation of Confucius Institute of the University of Sierra Leone.
The medical team also donated over Le 24 million worth of medical supplies to the FBC clinic which provides medical services to students of the college.
Dr. Liang Lihui, Team Leader of the 19th batch of Chinese Medical Team, pointed out the historical development of the college and noted that he was honoured to provide free medical services to staff of the college.
“When the Director invited us to offer volunteer medical services to the respected teachers and staff of FBC two months ago, I accepted it without any hesitation. I was told that we are the first Chinese medical team presenting the volunteer medical service in the 191 years history of FBC,” Dr. Liang said.
He added that the Chinese Medical Team has already worked with their local counterparts for decades and that the entire team just wanted to do more good things for Sierra Leoneans.
Head of the Confucius Institute at USL, Professor He, said he was very happy to participate in the free medical services, noting that Confucius Institutes in 146 countries serve as both language and friendship bridges between China and the host countries. He said their strategy is a win-win cooperation of a shared future.
Highlighting Chinese government support to the university through the Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone, Deputy Vice Chancellor of FBC, Prof. Sahr Gbamanja said majority of FBC students have benefited from Chinese Government Scholarships that provide opportunities for studies in China.
He added that the Confucius Institute has always supported programmes spearheaded by the university, citing the recent Job Fair that was organised by the Confucius Institute and other Chinese companies to provide job opportunities for young graduates.
He went on to note that the free medical treatment was testament of good friendship between the university and the Chinese Embassy in Freetown.
He thanked the Chinese Medical Team for their good work and noted that the gesture was very good for the staff as it would help them know their health status.
The Economic and Commercial Counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Freetown, Mr. Zhang Xueqian, praise the team for their hard work in organising such activity, noting that China and Sierra Leone have always kept close cooperation for 47 years of shared future.
The free medical service on the campus of the famous FBC would serve to further consolidate friendship between the two countries.
Medical checks on staff of the college climaxed the event, with the TCM therapy being the most popular. Dr. Duke and Dr. Battey treated the Deputy Registrar of FBC, Ms. Domingo with the Moxibusation and gave Dr. Findlay, medical officer of FBC clinic, acupuncture on his numb limbs.