JUBA, March 14 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese medical team in South Sudan launched a series of medical outreach programs in remote parts of the east African country.
The Chinese medics this week camped in the eastern town of Bor, Jonglei region for a four-day medical program.
Amour Rachel Pach, health minister of Jonglei, said some 800 people had turned up for the free medical services offered by the Chinese doctors on the first day, adding that the initiative would be of great help to the local population especially women and children.
Since the start of 2019, the 15-member medical team in South Sudan had provided free medical care to thousands of people in central, northern and eastern parts of the country.
Since 2013, China has dispatched six medical teams to work with their South Sudanese counterparts in the country's biggest referral hospital, the Juba Teaching Hospital. They also provided free medical care and surgeries in rural parts of the world's youngest nation.
South Sudan's health sector remains one of the least developed in the world.
The country lacks adequate medical facilities and the few operational hospitals suffer frequent power outages and under-stocking of medicine.