Chinese medical boost for Upper Nile University
By Kidega Livingstone
At least 1,000 students and staff of Upper Nile University got free medical consultation and treatment from the Chinese medical team.
The team and the consultants comprises of thirteen(13) specialists in the field of acupuncture, anesthetics, obstetrics, pediatrics, general surgery, internal medicine and, dermatology.
Head of Seventh Batch of China Medical Team Dr. Tang Youbin said that delivery of free medical services to students and staff was to enhance relations between medical students at the university and the medical team of China.
“We want to have a good communication with South Sudan medical students and the professors of Faculty of Medicine to learn more from our team for the benefit of this country,” said Dr. Tang during the exercise under the theme, “Care for Health and Promote Friendship” voluntary medication and consultation in Upper Nile University.
He said delivery of free medical and consultation services would continue not only to students but to South Sudanese depending on the availability of the drugs.
He said special tests for Malaria, HIV/AIDS and many other tests would be delivered to the students and staff at Juba Teaching hospital where the equipment are available.
Wani Anthony Sisto, Academic Registrar of Upper Nile University, welcomed the initiative saying they have been in consultation with the China Medical Team for the last three weeks and their services have benefited the students and the entire staff of the university.
“Given the condition in South Sudan, giving something especially medicine is something we can appreciate as the administration of the university because we know China is very advanced in medicine including Chinese medicine and they have brought a lot of medicine distributed to the students and staff according to the disease,” said Wani.
“The team is here today to give free medication after consultation. We have around three thousand students but those who are receiving the medication are about 1,000 students and they are happy because it is difficult to get free medication in South Sudan,” he added.
He stated that the collaboration between the two teams (University of Upper Nile and China Medical Team) would continue because the institution will sign a long-term MoU with the team.
Our students from the Faculty of Medicine are going to be selected to go and study in China and they will also have exchange programs in medical fields.
Amaya Madut Malual, a first year student expressed his joy over the free medication.
He said some students come from poor families and they cannot access clinics because of the costs involved.
“It is very important for us to receive the treatment because we cannot afford clinic since we are coming from the poor families, it is good they are helping us,” said Madut.