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Indian, Chinese docs on Dr Kotnis mission

Indian, Chinese docs on Dr Kotnis mission
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A nine-member Indian team of medics along with nine of their Chinese counterparts completed a five-day stint of volunteer work in a village in the province.

New Delhi/Beijing: A team of Indian and Chinese doctors are touring southwest China's Yunnan Province to treat patients in remote areas without proper medical facilities, in an effort to retrace the trail of "Barefoot Doctors" first undertaken by legendary Dwarakanath Kotnis.

A nine-member Indian team of medics along with nine of their Chinese counterparts completed a five-day stint of volunteer work in a village in the province.

The doctors are touring the province as part of Friendship and Exchange Year programs.

They provided medical advice to about 100 villagers and donated medicines worth CNY 15,000 ($ 2,440), state-run China Daily reported.

Manpreet Singh Kakkar, who is on his first trip to China, is surprised at the absence of basic dental care at county level in Jinping. He found that the dental treatment that hospitals there can provide is limited to pulling teeth.

Kakkar is one of the 18 doctors on the Sino-Indian medical team.

The trip is valuable in cementing cooperation between India and China, said Sudhindra Kammachi, 37, a general practitioner who runs his own clinic in India.

"It is an opportunity for me to have a basic understanding of the healthcare system in remote areas of China where there is poverty," he told state-run China Daily.

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