July 12,2017--It is in the height of summer, prayer flags on the grassland flutter at an altitude of 3,500 meters and Tibetan herdsmen clutch Hada in both hands as they welcome their most familiar guests, the medical aid team from Gansu Province.
"Menpa" means doctor in Tibetan. There are currently many stories spreading around the vast Gannan grassland in northwest China's Gansu Province about "Good Menpa", who bring their kindheartedness and consummate medical skills to the grassland, leaving behind a medical team to help cure the herdsmen of their diseases.
Best hospitals come to Tibetan-inhabited areas
After some early morning rain, an elderly Tibetan called Dongtrin put on a feather jacket and left the house. After crossing the Gesar Street, he arrived at People's Hospital in the county.
The 74-year-old Dongtrin lives in Maqu County. When he heard that a group of medical aid expert has arrived in the county recently, he thought he might be able to get a clear answer on how to cure the problem with his legs.
The doctor who saw him was Qiu Hao. After careful examination, Qiu Hao gave specific treatment advice and wrote his name and telephone numbers on a piece of paper, telling Dongtrin to contact him as soon as possible if his disease progresses.
Dongtrin has been suffering from varicose veins throughout the year and if he travels to Lanzhou, capital city of Gansu which is more than 400 kilometers away from Maqu, to see a doctor, medical expenses and transportation cost would be thousands of Yuan. Now, he can also see a doctor from the best hospitals in the province at home thanks to the medical aid program.
From the end of 2015 to now, Gansu Province has arranged for two consecutive provincial-level medical aid team to help ten Tibetan hospitals in Gannan and Tianzhu, a Tibetan Autonomous County in Wuwei City in the middle part of Gansu. The medical team consists of experts from the provincial capital's ten best hospitals, covering internal, external, gynecology, pediatrics and other areas.