Aziz Camara is interviewed at Beijing Language and Culture University on June 15, 2018. [Photo by Sun Chi/Qianlong]
By Yuan Xiaona
“Duty Room, look like, trouble, pass on …” voices of students reading aloud were spreading from a classroom of School of Preparatory Education, Beijing Language and Culture University on June 15, 2018. Ten students, medical workers from the Republic of Guinea, were having Chinese lessons.
These students, for their outstanding performance in the campaign against the Ebola disease, are selected and sent to Beijing, capital of China, to get further education of medicine in order to improve their medical techniques. Aziz Camara is one of them.
The Ebola epidemic broke out in West African countries, like Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria in 2014.
At then, a Chinese medical team in Guinea undertaking the medical aid for Africa, along with local medical workers and Guineans, actively took part in battle against the disease, which impressed Camara deeply. “They played a more important role as they had higher medical level and better techniques. Besides, they taught us how todiagnose and take care of patients,” he said.
World Health Organization’s data show Ebola Virus Disease(EVD) is an acute haemorrhagic fever, one infectious disease, and its case fatality rates varied from 25 percent to 90 percent in past outbreaks. Health-care workers have frequently been infected while treating patients with suspected or confirmed EVD.
When he is asked about his contributions during the campaign against EVD, Camara, the young doctor, modestly said, “Like any other medical workers, I just tried my best to look after patients, and assisted them in getting recovery as soon as possible.”
Camara said, “I have been desiring to be a doctor since I was a little boy. My mother is a doctor and I saw her talking with patients and making examination and treatment for them. I think it is very significant to be a doctor.”
“I am so glad to have the opportunity to continue to study, especially in China,a country with advanced medical technologies. I hope this further education could improve my medical techniques.”
All of Camara’s families and friends were very happy for his opportunity of coming to China, “My mother was so happy that she cried. My younger sister, a doctor, envied me.”
For the further education in China, Camara has to face the language problem first. He thinks the most difficulties of learning Chinese lie in writing Chinese characters and mastering Chinese tones.
Camara said, “As for how to overcome the difficulty of writing, I want to borrow an idiom from Chinese to answer. That is ‘Diligence is the means by which one makes up for one's dullness’. I always practice writing after school.” Besides, he also writes Chinese characters again and again on weekends.
“You can’t chat with people in Chinese if you don’t understand Chinese tones. I think it is a good way to learn Chinese by chatting with Chinese,” Camara keenly felt.
Camara likes playing football but his enthusiasm for learning Chinese even goes beyond that for football, “I won’t stay up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and I will lose no time to learn Chinese.” Camara thinks if you want to do something well, firstly, you must really like it; secondly, you must make efforts. Then, you could make it.
Having learned Chinese for nine months, now Camara can not only talk easily with journalists in Chinese, but also sing a Chinese folk song “Jasmine Flower”. With progress in learning Chinese, Camara feels it is easier to live in Beijing as there is no difficulty for him to make online shopping, order take-out food online and pay mobile fee.
Camara said he will continue to work as a doctor after returning to Guinea. He hopes to share what he learnt in China with other Guinean doctors and apply the knowledge to his work.
In addition, Camara wants to help more Guineans to know China better.
The friendship between peoples is the foundation of state to state relations. This year marks the 50th anniversary of China’s sending medical teams to Guinea.
Beijing, who undertakes the task of medical aids to Guinea, has sent over 700 medical workers of 26 medical teams to Guinea over the past 50 years. This has not only promoted the development of Guinea’s health undertakings, and gotten Guinean governments’ recognition, but also made the two peoples of China and Guinea build deeply friendship.
Aziz Camara learns Chinese at Beijing Language and Culture University on June 15, 2018. [Photo by Sun Chi/Qianlong]
Aziz Camara is in doctor’s uniform. [Photo provided to Qianlong]
Aziz Camara(4th, R) is awarded as one of the best students of School of Preparatory Education, Beijing Language and Culture University. [Photo provided to Qianlong]
Aziz Camara poses for a picture at the Great Wall, Beijing, China. [Photo provided to Qianlong]
Aziz Camara is in the Palace Museum, Beijing China. [Photo provided to Qianlong]
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