The Chinese Medical Team working with the John F. Kennedy Medical Center has begun reaching out to communities in Monrovia with its services.
Dr. Sun Lijuan, head of the team, told the Daily Observer Saturday in the Rock Crushing Community in Congo Town that they decided to reach out to communities to help those who are poor and unable to seek medical services at local clinics.
She said the agreement between the Liberian and Chinese governments does not set a barrier between the haves and have-nots, and therefore they are under obligation to reach out to those who are poor and cannot access medical facilities.
She said the team will reach out to communities in Monrovia and may extend to other parts of Montserrado County and surroundings, if time permits.
Dr. Sun said the team liaised with community leaders to select the needy and 40 men, women and children, were identified for assistance.
Among the conditions the Chinese Medical Team is treating are high blood pressure, diabetes, and malaria.
The Team is accompanied by three Liberian medical personnel.
In separate interviews, the head of the China-Liberia Friendship organization, Siafa G. Sheriff, said organization’s impact on Liberians has over the years been tremendous.
Mr. Sheriff said the community outreach is one of the many accomplishments of the Chinese in Liberia, adding “that the current initiative is a way of reaching the common people in order for them “to directly feel the impact.”
He said such a gesture is commendable because people do not have to spend money except to get to the center where the services are being rendered.
The community chairperson, Krangar J. Diggs, lauded the Chinese Medical Team and said the process that leads to the selection of patients is transparent.
Mr. Diggs said most of the patients who cannot afford treatment were treated, and they are grateful to the team for helping Liberians.