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Background: Blue skies and white clouds have cultivated Tibetan herdsmen for generations. Shrugged white snow peaks, vast plateaus and pastures have endowed the place with a unique romantic feeling, mystery and temptation.
As the summit of thousands of mountains and source of water, Tibet, “the roof of the world,” is a high incidence area of various eye diseases in China owing to its special geographical environment and natural conditions. According to investigations and statistics, the blindness rate in Tibet is as high as 1.4%, and half of that is caused by cataracts. At present, Tibet ophthalmology diagnosis technology lags behind, severely restraining the recovery of Tibetans’ eye diseases.
Love in Nyingchi
On March 27, 2014, a volunteer team consisting of more than 20 famous domestic ophthalmologists from 15 hospitals came to the picturesque Nyingchi known as the “Jiangnan of Tibet”. Their purpose of the trip was to implement cataract surgery for free for 22 local Tibetan cataract patients, and offer free diagnosis service to almost a thousand Tibetan compatriots. Doctors in the volunteer team came to Tibet at their own expense by carrying medicines, operative instruments and consumables worth RMB 200,000. They carried operative equipment and ophthalmic testing devices worth almost RMB 1 million around the country to guarantee that high-quality operations and volunteer diagnosis can be carried out.
As one of the enterprises participating in the activity, Shenyang Sinqi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. donated medicines worth over RMB 100,000 to the volunteer diagnosis welfare activity and dispatched representatives to assist the activity in Nyingchi together with the volunteer diagnosis team.
Brightness in Nyingchi
“Send brightness to people in Nyingchi”, the activity was launched by Chen Jili (pen name: Liu Yedao), Ophthalmology Director of the Shanghai Shibei Hospital, Member of the Chinese Ophthalmologist Association Photography Sub-committee and Special Photographer of Tibet Geographic.
It’s said that doctor Chen Jili started to shoot abundant snow mountains and peach blossoms in Nyingchi from 2006, arousing many people’s sympathy. During the photography process, he discovered that a lot of Tibetans went blind because of cataracts, and mailed eye medicines to Tibetans to treat eye diseases many times. However, individual power was so limited. In this year’s Nyingchi Peach Festival, he appealed to experts from the Chinese Ophthalmologist Association’s Photography Sub-committee to carry out a large-scale public welfare activity called “Love in Nyingchi – Send Brightness to Cataract Patients in Nyingchi”.
Experts and doctors in the volunteer diagnos is team took a photo in the activity site as a souvenir
The Chinese Ophthalmologist Association Photography Sub-committee Nyingchi Brightness Trip – Large-scale Cataract Recovery Operation Activity, sponsored by the Chinese Ophthalmologist Association, Ophthalmologist Association Photography Sub-committee and Female Doctor Committee, was formally unveiled on March 27, 2014 as a love public welfare contribution activity with the most participating companies and the widest coverage of professions since the inland Tibet brightness activity. The activity was held in the Nyingchi People’s Hospital in Tibet Autonomous Region. During the period, numerous Tibetans with eye diseases such as cataracts came to see the doctors.
Meanwhile, Dean Zhang Mingzhi from the Guangdong Shantou Ophthalmology Center will establish an eye disease cooperation support point. The Photography sub-committee will also set up a Chinese Ophthalmologist Photography Base to carry out volunteer diagnosis services for local patients annually.
Sinqi in Nyingchi
On the eve of the event, Mr, Newsun, Chairman of Sinqi immediately contacted Doctor Chen Jili, the launcher of the activity after learning the issue. According to the population helping in the activity, Chairman Newsun required that the Shenyang headquarters should deliver required medicines to Tibet Nyingchi as fast as possible, and dispatched Manager An Shuzhao in Guangdong and a volunteer diagnosis team to help carry out the volunteer activity.
On March 18, workers from Sinqi’s Shenyang headquarters and the company’s material supply department immediately packed all the medicines that would be donated to the Tibet Nyingchi Love Public Welfare Activity, and sent them to Tibet Nyingchi by EMS.
At the opening ceremony, Zhang Mingzhi, Dean of the Guangdong Shantou Ophthalmology Center, focused Sinqi’s donation of ophthalmic medicines worth RMB 100,000 to the activity as a national enterprise and the largest sponsor. He appreciated Sinqi’s support for Tibet and highly praised Sinqi’s philanthropic behavior of caring about and helping patients with eye diseases in Tibet.
Dean Zhang Mingzhi spokein the opening ceremony
Sinqi’s ophthalmicmedicines were sent to the volunteer activity site immediately
Love is spread across the plateau – Lhasa volunteer activiy
On March 24, the “Tibet Cataract Microsurgery Training Center” launching ceremony & Lhasa 1st Ophthalmology Special Training and Volunteer Activity, jointly sponsored by the Tibetan Hospital in Tibet Autonomous Regions (Tibetan Hospital in short), Joint Shantou International Eye Center of Shantou University and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, US SEVA Foundation and Canada SEVA Foundation, were formally held in Lhasa.
Since people and objectives of two public welfare activities were closely related, experts and doctors participating in the activities gathered together to offer subsidy and service to local patients with eye diseases.
Sinqi also positively participated in the activity, donated abundant valuable ophthalmic medicines and fully supported special ophthalmology training and volunteer diagnosis activity in Lhasa together with the Nyingchi activity.
Principle of the “Tibet Cataract Microsurgery Training Center”launching ceremony & Lhasa 1st Ophthalmology Special Trainingand Volunteer Activity issued a special appreciation honorary plaque to theSinqi representative
At the activity site, enterprises and companies that co-organizedand donated to the public welfare activity were introduced on the publicityposter. Sinqi was listed in the first place as the largest sponsor in theactivity.
Sinqi staff’s notes:
1As Nyingchi is located in the Tibet Plateau’s hinterland, many people fell ill because of altitude sickness in Nyingchi. Zhang Mingzhi, Dean of the Shantou University Eye Center, planned to arrive in Lhasa from Shanghai one day before the activity. However, due to the weather, he was delayed in Chengdu and arrived in Lhasa only one hour before the activity on the second day. In order not to delay the smooth conduction of the activity, she hosted the opening ceremony and trained on-site Tibetan doctors for two hours without regard for her sickness.
2Qiao Tong, Ophthalmology Director of the Children’s Hospital of Shanghai, immediately took a Tibetan child and a sanitation worker to be checked in a Tibet hospital and agreed to do operations for them for free after seeing their strabismus problems during his volunteer diagnosis activity. Two people got on their knees after hearing the news and the operations turned out to be very successful.
3During the volunteer diagnosis in Nyingchi, the activity site was very spectacular. Due to many participating patients and relatives, the site even got out of control. Local government had to arrange policies to maintain order onsite. All the experts in the activity made diagnoses and gave treatments patiently. More than 700 patients were treated and 22 cataract operations were finished in a day.
Guangdong: An Shuzhao
On the activity site,patients with eye disease from Nyingchi were in a long queue to acceptdiagnosis from more than 20 doctors around the country
Professor Chen Jili,Activity Launcher and Ophthalmology Director of the Shanghai Shibei Hospital,appeared in the volunteer activity site
Medicines offered by Sinqi
Doctors and patients took photos together
On the volunteer diagnosisactivity day, cataract operations were carried out in order
Medical workers helpedpatients who finished operations from the operating table
Professor Zhang Mingzhiand Cheng Jili appeared in the volunteer diagnosis activity site
(Pictures of the activitiesabove are offered by the Chinese Ophthalmologist Association PhotographySub-committee)
- Follow-up subsidy activity during Sinqi’s Tibetan trip
As a national ophthalmic enterprise, Sinqi always insists on fulfilling its historical mission as a national enterprise and enterprise spirit of industrial return. All the leaders and workers in Sinqi attach great importance to every public welfare activity. Both the enterprise and Sinqi Philanthropic Foundation are committed to helping and caring about public welfare recipients and try their best to participate in related activities.
As a national enterprise with a strong enterprise mission sense, Sinqi and Sinqi Philanthropic Foundation not only focus on activities themselves, but also authentically help vulnerable groups and individuals in need of help through activities. They hope that they can gather all the power to let Sinqi shine in love through its public welfare activities in society.
After the Tibet Love Public Welfare Activity, Mr. Newsun, Chairman of Sinqi and Sinqi Philanthropic Foundation continued to follow the eye disease salvation work of Tibetans.
1On April 1, 2014, Chairman Newsun learned that Director Ji from the Tibet People’s Hospital had a patient with a necrotic binoculus retina who needed to be sent to the Eye & Ent Hospital of Fudan University for diagnosis. He positively shouldered the patient’s medical expenses on behalf of the company.
2On April 3, 2014, Sinqi learned that Labat, a country doctor in a remote mountainous area of Tibet had serious eye diseases. But Labat’s monthly salary was only RMB 300, so he could not afford any treatment. Mr. Newsun donated RMB 10,000 to him on behalf of Sinqi, and appointed Manager Zhao Shuang in the Sichuan Area to assist the patient and his relatives in examination and treatment in the Ophthalmology Department of the West China Hospital, Sichuan University.
By April 22, Zhang Junjun, Director of the Ophthalmology Department and Lu Fang gave the result of the diagnosis. The patient was highly suspected to suffer iritis and uveitis in the whole body, including his eyes, caused by tuberculosis. They suggested that he be examined in the tuberculosis department. If he was confirmed to suffer tuberculosis, he would be hospitalized in the tuberculosis department. If tuberculosis control was excluded or completed, LuFang would confirm the treatment scheme.
(An Shuzhao, Manager of the Guangdong Area, and Zhao Shuang, Manager of the Sichuan Area have contributed to the article)
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