WHO Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion

Beijing Review - - This Week Society -

The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) granted its high­est cer­ti­fi­ca­tion level to a Chi­nese in­ter­na­tional emer­gency med­i­cal team (EMT) on May 25, mak­ing China the coun­try with the most WHO-cer­ti­fied EMTs.

Dur­ing the 71st World Health Assem­bly in Geneva, WHO Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Te­dros Ad­hanom Ghe­breye­sus hosted a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion cer­e­mony for the China In­ter­na­tional Emer­gency Med­i­cal Team (Sichuan) at the UN of­fice.

The team is a part­ner­ship of sev­eral hos­pi­tals from China’s south­west Sichuan Prov­ince with 166 pro­fes­sion­als, in­clud­ing 41 doc­tors and 65 nurses. It’s the first Chi­nese med­i­cal team to be ver­i­fied as Type 3, the high­est level in the WHO EMTs Ini­tia­tive, ca­pa­ble of treat­ing 200 out­pa­tients and per­form­ing 15 ma­jor sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures and 30 mi­nor sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures per day.

At the cer­e­mony, Ad­hanom Ghe­breye­sus said he plans to ex­pand WHO EMTs to in­clude about 50,000 med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als in the next few years and ex­pects even more sup­port from China.

The team from Sichuan is the third Chi­nese EMT to be cer­ti­fied by the WHO. In 2016 and 2017, re­spec­tively, two EMTs from China’s Shang­hai and Guang­dong Prov­ince were granted the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, mak­ing China the only coun­try that has con­trib­uted three teams to the ini­tia­tive which con­sists of 15 teams to date.

The WHO EMTs pro­ject was launched in July 2015 to qual­ityas­sure and peer-review global teams in light of past short­com­ings where med­i­cal per­son­nel self-re­sponded with­out nec­es­sar­ily hav­ing the right skill-set, train­ing, sup­plies or equip­ment. It aims to help coun­tries af­fected by dis­as­ters, out­breaks

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