Scores of patients in Siem Reap province’s Angkor International Hospital have expressed gratitude toward a team of Chinese doctors that treated them at the hospital.
A Cambodian woman cured of chronic back pain, a South American woman cured of a urinary tract infection and a Cambodian man treated for a fractured leg expressed their gratitude as the doctors returned to China following a three month fellowship at the hospital.
The doctors were part of China’s Jiangsu province’s medical aid programme to Cambodia.
Dr Yin Hongqin, an acupuncturist, said she was happy to help hundreds of patients during her time in Siem Reap.
“Together with my colleague, Dr Yuan Rongqing, an orthopaedic specialist, we brought smiles to people who visited the hospital and sought our help,” Dr Yin said. “In some cases, we were able to cure their ailments,”she said, showing slides shows on her phone of some of her patients cured by the Chinese medical team.
She said that the team of doctors first found it hard to settle into their new posts, but the hospital’s director did his best to make them as comfortable as possible.
“The director even arranged transportation for us to go shopping for essentials and advised us on Cambodian culture, practices and beliefs in the field of medicine – especially Khmer traditional medicine and the importance of our work there,” Dr Yin added.
Dr Yuan said the hospital’s condition was different than what he is used to in China.
“We lacked some equipment, but our Cambodian colleagues were very helpful on giving us tips and also translation services when we were treating patients,” he said. “We did treat some Chinese patients, but the majority of the patients were Cambodians and other nationalities who had gotten into accidents in Siem Reap.”
Dr Yuan said that what he learned during his stint here in Cambodia will be relayed to his hospital in Ta Zhou in order to prepare the next batch of doctors scheduled to arrive in Cambodia.
“I want to help train young Cambodian doctors in modern and proper techniques of setting bone fractures and bone-related trauma,” he said.
Dr Yuan, who relied on X-rays and other imaging technology to identify the severity of injuries, said that Dr Yin worked using needles to treat patients.
“I have more than ten years of experience in treating various ailments through acupuncture and in many cases at the hospital in Siem Reap, modern medicine was not only way to cure patients suffering from rheumatism, arthritis, weight gain, asthma,” Dr Yin said.
She noted that she would return to Cambodia to provide basic training on the correct way to use acupuncture and the importance of needle-sterilisation.
“I didn’t use small doses of electricity, a technique I use in China, for fear of scaring patients. Contrary to common belief, acupuncture was first discovered in China almost 3,000 years ago,” she said. “Today it is used to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases, as well as improve general health.”