Foreign Medical Aid Team Comes Back with Honor
On the morning of February 11, 2018, the second medical team led by West China Hospital to the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe arrived back at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport. The leaders of the Sichuan Provincial Health Planning Commission, West China Hospital, other relative hospitals and the team members’ families greeted them at the airport. The team members have successfully completed the six-month medical aid task in Sao Tome and Principe and returned with a good reputation.
In April 2017, West China Hospital received the task of sending the 2nd Chinese medical aid team to the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe. After the recommendation and selection of both departments and the hospital, Dr. Du Xiao from the Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery and Dr. Wei Jiafu from the Department of Cardiology were picked for the task. After completing the Portuguese language training, the two set off on August 1 to go to Sao Tome and Principe to take on the foreign aid medical mission.
In spite of all kinds of challenges, the Team was working hard in the country for 6 months and has been highly praised by local medical staff and the people there. Especially on January 24, 2018, Dr. Wei Jiafu successfully rescued a patient with complicated pericardial tamponade in time. It was a difficult case for the local doctors.
The two doctors have carried forward the motto and spirit of the Chinese medical team which is: "not afraid of hardship, willingness to sacrifice, helping the wounded, and Boundless love. They have not only contributed to the people of Sao Tome and Principe, but also made great contributions to the friendship between China and Africa.