China’s medical relief team has performed 321 operations and treated 1,832 injured people since the first devastating earthquake hit Nepal on April 25.
Song Shuli, a spokeswoman for the National Health and Family Planning commission, told reporters that 133 medical relief workers are currently stationed in Nepal offering treatment and training.
Song added that a 150-member medical and epidemic prevention team was also sent to Tibet, the bordering region shaken by Nepal’s quake.
China sent its first 62-strong search-and-rescue team to Nepal on April 26, a day after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake ripped through the country, leaving more than 8,000 people dead. They performed their first surgery in Kathmandu on April 29.
While the landlocked country was still scrambling to recover from the aftermath of April’s quake, another 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Nepal near Mount Everest on Tuesday, leaving at least 65 people dead and 1,926 injured.
China has all together deployed 1,088 military personnel and police to Nepal, making this the largest aid mission ever by the PLA and police, according to the Associated Press.
Nepalese Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey this week thanked China for its speedy recovery efforts after the disaster, saying: “We appreciate the prompt response shown by Chinese President Xi Jinping, and we are very happy and it has encouraged us to move forward.”
“In the devastating earthquake, thousands of the people lost lives in Nepal and thousands of people have been injured,” Pandey said. “Hundreds of thousands of the people have been homeless. In this situation, the Chinese government and the Chinese people helped us with the humanitarian effort. They came and they have done a very good job.”
[Image Credit: Xinhua via CCTV]
By Sharon Choi