Over 50 South Sudanese medics complete second phase of Chinese language course

Updated: July 22, 2022 Source: Xinhua News Agency
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JUBA, July 21 (Xinhua) -- A total of 58 South Sudanese medics on Wednesday completed the second phase of Chinese medical language course which commenced in April.

Janet Michael, director general in the Ministry of Health, said the Chinese language training will help local doctors and nurses to communicate with their Chinese counterparts.

"I would like to thank the Chinese people for all the efforts they have made to support us as a country, especially in the medical field. Of course, a lot of people have been going to China to study. The hurdles they always met is that they could not communicate in Chinese language," Michael said during the Second South Sudan-China bridge language graduation ceremony in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, Wednesday.

She said that Mandarin has become a global language because many countries are increasingly trading with China.

Sandra Zangabeyo, a surgeon at Juba Teaching Hospital where the training was conducted, said learning Mandarin will help them read and understand how to prescribe Chinese drugs donated over the past years by the Chinese government.

"As they (Chinese) come and work in our country we are able to interact with them and also able to understand whatever they bring to us like sometimes their drugs are written in Chinese, so with this training whatever they bring to us we will not be foreign to it, we will be friends to it because we are able to read it," Zangabeyo said.

In September 2021, more than 40 South Sudanese medical workers graduated from the Chinese language training program after completing the three-month course.

The Chinese language lessons conducted at the Juba Teaching Hospital commenced last year, under the eighth batch of the China medical team which has since been replaced by the ninth batch.

Ding Zhen, the general surgeon and team leader of the ninth batch of the China medical team, said language is a bridge for people to communicate and understand each other.

"Communication and mutual understanding are important for establishing friendship because this China medical team opened the Chinese medical language training class to provide a platform for learning Chinese culture," he said.

Some of the contents of the course included Chinese traditional medicine and cuisine.

"Our Chinese medical team also learned some languages and culture of South Sudan," Ding said.

More than 5,000 South Sudanese have been to China for studies since the independence of the country in 2011.

Ma Wenjun, charge d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy in South Sudan, hailed the successive China medical teams for offering free medical treatment and performing complicated medical surgeries in South Sudan.

"The Chinese language training course is not only training but also providing a platform for communication and exchanges of culture between China and South Sudan, which in a broader phase will also help to deepen mutual understanding and smooth friendship between our two peoples," Ma said.

Editor: Yu Huichen