LUSAKA, May 8 (Xinhua) -- Wang Junqi is a Chinese medical doctor, who is part of the 20th Chinese Medical Team that has been in Zambia since May last year.
After almost one year of working at the Levy Mwanawasa University Teaching Hospital (China-Zambia Friendship Hospital) in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, the 34-year-old doctor says he will always cherish the time he spent working in the southern African nation with various patients.
Wang, a specialist in Ear, Nose and Throat, says he committed himself to ensure that he delivers the best services to his patients during his tour of duty.
"I regarded all my patients as my friends who needed my help and if I had a chance I had to give them my best therapy," he told Xinhua in an interview.
The youngest member of the medical team, which is expected to return to China next month, said he attended to more than 2,300 patients and conducted over 130 operations.
He said he tried to do his best in providing health care services to his patients as a Chinese doctor, and worked to maintain the strong relationship that has existed between the two countries in the medical field for the past 41 years.
According to him, he created warm and cordial relations with local workers at the hospital who helped him in his work and that he ensured that he imparted his expertise to them.
Even as he gets back to China, he says his friendship with his Zambian workmate will not end as they intend to continue coordinating through various social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Wechat.
Among some of the complicated cases he worked on included removing coin from child as well as fish bones from patients.
His workmates are full of praise for his work and the knowledge he has imparted on them in the field of ear, nose and throat surgeries.
Sabina Chanda, who has worked at the Ear, Nose and Throat Department since January this year, praised the Chinese doctor over his expertise as he conducted so many procedures and helped so many patients.
She said the hospital used to refer patients with complicated problems to other hospitals for surgeries but indicated that this ended following the arrival of the Chinese who conducted all surgeries.
She further thanked him for imparting his skills on her as well as her colleagues, adding that they are now able to diagnose and do surgeries on patients with ear, nose or throat problems.
"We hope the Chinese government will bring someone who is like him or they should bring him back again because the one year he has been here is too short. We want him to spend some more time here so that he can teach other Zambian doctors," she said.
Ruth Phiri, who has worked at the hospital for the past four years, also had kind words for the Chinese doctor, whom she described as "a good and experienced doctor".
She said many patients from different parts of the country have been helped by him, adding that his services will be missed.
"Patients are happy because he is a blessing to us. We have learnt a lot from him because before we were not able to do nose, ear and throat treatment and remove things but now we are able to do that," she said.