Ethiopia : Chinese medical team hailed for their services

Chinese doctor Zhao Cheng (2nd left) talks about the patient's condition with other doctors at the Ethio-China Friendship Hospital, located in Akaki at the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. Courtesy : Xinhua

Casablanca (ADV) – Workayehu Begi, 50, has been suffering from a severe back injury since she fell down the stairs about a month ago, despite having received several rounds of medical treatment from various health facilities in Addis Ababa, capital city of Ethiopia.

Begi said her pain however has largely reduced over the last two weeks ever since she was referred to the Chinese-backed Tirunesh-Beijing Hospital for an acupuncture treatment, an ancient Chinese method of treatment in which fine needles are inserted in the skin at specific points to treat various physical and mental conditions.

“I was injured in a fall in my house, and doctors referred me to 15 days’ acupuncture treatment and I see visible difference now,” said Begi.

Emphasizing that acupuncture is not just a medical treatment, but a guide to a healthy lifestyle, she said Chinese doctors working at Tirunesh-Beijing Hospital is also giving her advice on how to stay healthy to prevent future ailments.

“They advise me to avoid frequent up and down movement of my body, to correctly seat on chairs, avoid standing still for long time or sitting for long time, eat vegetables and do frequent physical exercise.” she said.

“This is a treatment many have been cured with, I’ve also witnessed my bodily improvements and now I’m giving lessons to my society on acupuncture benefits,” Begi said.

While patients like Begi is grateful for receiving Chinese medical treatment for their pains, for Anemaw Workineh, 30, a nurse at Tirunesh- Beijing Hospital, the partnership with Chinese doctors has enlightened him on the Chinese ethics of fast, efficient, and hard work.

“Chinese doctors are fast reactors when you call them for help and they are diligent in their work,” Workineh says.

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