VIETNAM, Aug. 23 (ChinaMil) -- The joint free medical examination by Chinese and Vietnamese militaries for people in border areas of the two countries kicked off in Phục Hòa District, Cao Bằng Province, Vietnam on the morning of August 22, local time.
The seven-day free medical examination, with the theme “Serving the military and the people together to create a healthy future”, is the first such activity that the Chinese and Vietnamese medical service troops have jointly conducted in border regions of China and Vietnam.
At the opening ceremony, Colonel Nguyen Xuan Kien, head of the Military Medical Bureau of the General Logistics Department of the Vietnam’s People's Army (VPA), said that Vietnam and China are neighbors connected by mountains and waters. The joint free medical examination will provide quality medical services to the border residents of the two countries and at the same time promote mutual help, unity and friendship between the people of both countries and the medical personnel of the two militaries, contributing to deepening bilateral cooperation and exchanges.
Major General Ji Jianhua, deputy director of the Health Bureau of the Logistic Support Department under China's Central Military Commission (CMC), stated that the exchanges and cooperation on healthcare are the important field for friendly exchanges between the two countries and militaries, and are essential for the health and common well-being of the two countries’ people.
The joint free medical examination along the China-Vietnam border will further safeguard and improve the health of local people, while promoting the development of local medical and health services, Ji noted.
After the opening ceremony, the medical teams of the Chinese and Vietnamese militaries immediately carried out treatments for local Vietnamese residents. By 12 a.m. on August 22, the Chinese military medical team had treated more than 380 patients.
It is reported that members of the Chinese military medical team are all experts from various disciplines, including internal medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, stomatology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and traditional medicine.
(By Zhou Na and Huang Yi)