NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Wang Lei, a Chinese doctor, is
offering free medical aid to slum dwellers in the Kenyan capital
Prof. Wang told Xinhua earlier this
week that he came to Kenya under a bilateral agreement between
the Kenyan and Chinese governments on medical cooperation.
Under the agreement, the Chinese
government will donate four mobile health clinics to Kenya. The
clinics are expected to extend medical services to Kenya’s
remote or under-served areas that lack health services.
One of the clinics will be set up in
Kibera, a large slum in Nairobi, while another two will be
placed in Mombasa and Turkana respectively. The location to put
the fourth clinic will soon be identified.
Wang is currently providing treatment
to people living in Kibera by organizing free medical camps.
Kibera was selected to benefit from
the medical outreach programme due to the presence of a huge
population of people living in poverty.
“We are therefore offering free
diagnostics services as well as providing free treatment and
medication,” he said. The most common ailments treated
include malaria and pneumonia.
Wang, who is an orthopedic surgeon, is
also providing free treatment of bone fractures and wounds.
“We have been overwhelmed by the
positive response of patients who visit us to receive
treatment,” he said.
However, once the China-donated clinic
is set in Kibera, the residents will have a better-equipped p
where they can access free medical
Wang told Xinhua the health facilities
would help those who cannot afford to pay for basic health
facilities, with at least one doctor manned there to diagnose
and treat simple ailments.
“In this way even the poor people will
directly benefit from Chinese overseas aid to Kenya,” Wang
Wang comes from a family of doctors as
both his father and grandfather as well as his older brother are
doctors in China.
He said that he was inspired to join
the medical profession at a tender age by watching his
grandfather treat patients.
“I saw my grandfather turn the sorrow
of patients into joy and this drew me to study hard and
become a doctor,” he said.
Wang enrolled for a bachelor’s degree
in medicine in the year 2000 and by the end of 2010 he had
attained a doctorate in the same field. “I managed to complete
studies in a shorter time than normal,” he said.
Wang is now a professor at the
Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology, which is subordinate
to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and is also an associate
chief physician at Shenzhen University’s Louhu Hospital.
He said he dreamed of going to Africa
after watching a movie while he was very young.
“I remember watching the film Out of
Africa and I immediately fell in love with the continent,”
Wang realized his dream as he engaged
in the Chinese overseas aid program. He will work in Kenya until
“I hope I will have inspired a
generation of Chinese doctors to provide high quality health
service for the people of Africa,” he said.