Sunday, 18 November 2012

Anhui doctor runs clinic in a boat

A boathouse anchored in a sparkling lake surrounded by mountains. Sounds like a wonderful place to set up a medical clinic?
"My clinic, simple as it is, is essential to my fellow villagers," said Yu Jiajun while bandaging a wound for a woman he kindly refers to as "Granny Li".His boat clinic, moored on the 1,400-square-kilometer Xianghongdian Reservoir in Lu'an, Anhui province, saves local villagers on the reservoir's several islands from spending two hours on a boat and another hour on foot to get to the nearest hospital. Yu, 34, set up the clinic soon after he graduated from medical school in 2000.Part of the impetus was also personal, as Yu's father missed the best window of opportunity to cure his cancer due to distances involved."
My father might not have died had there been a doctor," Yu said emotionally."And there was also a young man in our village who was bitten by a snake. He also died because he couldn't get treatment in time. Since then, I made up my mind to be a doctor."During the past 12 years, Yu has visited almost all the 500 families scattered on the islands, providing medical services mostly for the aged and the young."He is a good man and a good doctor as well," said "Granny Li", whose children, like many others in the area, have all left for work in the cities, making her rely on Yu for care and other daily necessities."Without him, it would be a lot of trouble for us to see a doctor. We like him, trust him and are grateful for him," she continued with tears shining in her eyes.

Read more: China Daily

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