Chinese hospital volunteers free treatment for Liberian children

Monrovia (Liberia)

The Jingeng Rehabilitation Hospital situated in Ruzhou City, Henan Province in China has volunteered to provide free medical treatment and rehabilitation to Liberian children suffering from difficult and complicated ailments.

Such ailments include peripheral neuropathy, femoral head necrosis, vasculitis, osteomyelitis, lumbar disc, infantile cerebral palsy, amongst others that cannot be treated in Liberia.

The offer was made possible through the efforts of Chinese philanthropist and businesswoman, Ms. Yang Nan, who collaborates with Liberia’s First Lady, Clar M. Weah’s foundation, Clar Hope Foundation.

According to a dispatch from the Liberian Mission near Beijing on Monday, the medical director, Dr. Song Zhaopu gave the assurances when Liberia's Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Mr. Nathaniel Farlo McGill, who was on a private trip to China, visited the hospital recently.

Welcoming Minister McGill, Dr. Song praised China – Liberia relations and stressed that Liberia is an important partner.

He urged the Liberian First Lady to take advantage of the offer for the good of sick and disadvantaged children in Liberia.

Responding on behalf of his delegation and the Clar Hope Foundation, Minister McGill assured China that Liberia sees the overture as a great initiative extended by Dr. Song and will take upmost advantage of the offer.

He said Ambassador Weah and her foundation are concerned about the welfare of the Liberian children.

“I can assure you that the First Lady takes problems of the Liberian children seriously,” he declared.

Minister McGill reiterated the cordial and friendly ties subsisting between Liberia and China, highlighting the adherence to the “One-China Policy” that the African nation has enacted into law.

He emphasized the overwhelming support that China continues to give to the government and people of Liberia; recounting Beijing’s immense assistance to the country during the Ebola epidemic outbreak in 2014.

“That cooperation will continue to be strengthened ensuring “win-win” situation, Minister McGill assured.

The 800-bed Jingeng Rehabilitation Hospital, formerly called Song’s Department of Traditional Chinese Medical Bone Surgery, was established by physician Song Jingeng, Dr. Song’s father, in 1981.

It inherited and advocates Chinese medicine and emphasizes characteristics of traditional medicine, whose combination with western medicines not only respects tradition but also innovates boldly.

Since the hospital commenced operations nine years ago, this state-of-the-art medical facility has cured about 3,000 children, most of them orphaned and abandoned who have now been adopted by welfare institutions in China and foreign families in other parts of the world.

However, they have assisted approximately 6,000 children who are orphaned and disadvantaged as well as physically challenged.


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