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800 Diqing volunteers to provide free medical services
chinadaily.com.cn 2019-07-10 11:09:15
A child receives medical examination. [Photo by Pu Dongfeng/China Daily]

Around 800 volunteers, a majority of whom are medical professionals from 333 hospitals and medical institutions, have been gathering in the Diqing Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Southwestern China's Yunnan province since Monday.

They are there to give free clinics, and hold lectures on medical care and disease prevention in villages and towns of Shangri-La city, in the Weixi Lisu autonomous county and Dechen county.

As part of their project, particular concern is being paid to diseases like congenital heart conditions, cerebral palsy, hepatic echinococcosis, osteoarthritis and rheumatism that have a relatively high incidence rate in the region, which has an average altitude of more than 3,000 meters, as well as diseases like AIDS.

Training sessions for rural doctors, especially aimed to improve their capacity to carry out cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and other emergency treatments, will also be held.

A public bathroom providing basic shower facilities to women will be run at Dechen county, so that the possibility of women there suffering gynecological problems reduces as their personal hygiene is improved. Gynecologists will also hold talks there.


Around 800 volunteers, a majority of whom are medical professionals from 333 hospitals and medical institutions, have been gathering in the Diqing Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Southwestern China's Yunnan province to give the locals medical attention. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Meanwhile, a group of professionals will carry medical equipment, tents and food to remote farming and pastoral areas, visiting homes of those who have fallen into poverty due to serious illnesses, distributing medicines and life necessities.

This is the 11th year that the Chinahearts Organizing Committee is holding such public welfare activities in the Tibetan-inhabited regions.

According to the committee's secretary-general Zhao Tao, the panel's activities over the years have involved more than 22,000 medical professionals from nearly 500 hospitals and medical institutions nationwide, providing health support to more than 520,000 people.And it has also sponsored more than 1,500 children suffering congenital heart disease for surgical treatment.

This year's event is the second time since 2014 that such a large group of medical volunteers are in Diqing to provide free services.

 
 
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