New re­hab hos­pi­tal un­veiled

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG HONGYI in Shang­hai


Shang­hai-based Rui­jin Hos­pi­tal re­cently un­veiled a new re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­ity that fo­cuses on pro­vid­ing spe­cial­ized care and ther­apy for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties as well as those who have un­der­gone surgery for frac­tures, nerve and mus­cle prob­lems.

Named the Rui­jin Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Hos­pi­tal, the 200bed fa­cil­ity was con­verted from a gen­eral hos­pi­tal and is ex­pected to open at the end of this year. It will in­tro­duce a men­tal ex­er­cise re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ther­apy, which can be used to treat chil­dren with autism and pa­tients suf­fer­ing from stroke and Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

“Eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment have cre­ated the de­mand for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices and now peo­ple are pay­ing more at­ten­tion to health is­sues. The de­vel­op­ment of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion medicine not only meets the needs of dis­abil­ity preven­tion and func­tional re­cov­ery, but will also be­come a way to en­sure a high-qual­ity lifestyle, al­low­ing peo­ple to stay in good con­di­tion both phys­i­cally and psy­cho­log­i­cally,” said Xie Qing, di­rec­tor of the Depart­ment of Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Medicine at Rui­jin Hos­pi­tal.

To fur­ther im­prove teach­ing and re­search abil­i­ties in re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion medicine and to cul­ti­vate ex­cel­lence in this field, Rui­jin Hos­pi­tal has signed a co­op­er­a­tive frame­work agree­ment with the Univer­sity of Texas Health Science Cen­ter in the United States. The hos­pi­tal will also be a teach­ing fa­cil­ity for Shang­hai Jiao Tong Univer­sity’s School of Medicine.

The hos­pi­tal is a part of Huangpu dis­trict’s ef­forts to build up a com­pre­hen­sive med­i­cal ser­vice net­work which would al­low pa­tients to be quickly trans­ferred to spe­cial­ized re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties af­ter their oper­a­tions so as to im­prove their re­cov­ery process. It will also play a part in al­le­vi­at­ing the coun­try’s short­age of spe­cial­ized re­hab fa­cil­i­ties.

“It’s es­ti­mated that China needs at least 350,000 re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion staff in 2015. The tal­ent short­age will be­come a bot­tle­neck that re­stricts the de­vel­op­ment of Chi­nese re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion medicine,” said Tian Zhuop­ing, an of­fi­cial from lo­cal health depart­ment.

China cur­rently has less than 20,000 re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion staff, while only 700 pro­fes­sion­als en­ter the in­dus­try each year. Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, more than 50 mil­lion peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and 70 mil­lion se­niors aged above 60 across the coun­try cur­rently re­quire re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices.

Se­nior cit­i­zens have ac­counted for 10 per­cent of the coun­try’s to­tal pop­u­la­tion. Mean­while, the coun­try also has about 270 mil­lion pa­tients suf­fer­ing from chronic dis­eases.

Seven- time All- Star player Tracy McGrady played his fi­nal game as a bas­ket­ball player in Shang­hai on Au­gust 7, the Ori­en­tal Morn­ing Post re­ported. A re­tire­ment cer­e­mony was held af­ter the CBA (China Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion) game in Shang­hai.

Mc G r a d y will be in­volved in Sino-US bas­ket­ball camps and fo­cus on build­ing his own brand fol­low­ing re­tire­ment. McGrady used to be team­mates with for­mer NBA player and Chi­nese bas­ket­ball star Yao Ming at the Hous­ton Rock­ets. McGrady re­tired from the NBA in 2013.

Shang­hai is plan­ning to grant li­censes to car-shar­ing apps, ac­cord­ing to the city’s trans­port depart­ment. Sun Jian­ping, di­rec­tor of Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port Com­mis­sion, told Xin­ that car-shar­ing ser­vices are ex­pected to com­ple­ment taxis and car rental ser­vices. Car-shar­ing plat­forms will be is­sued busi­ness li­censes as long as they meet cer­tain cri­te­ria such as reg­is­tered cap­i­tal. Such com­pa­nies must also ac­quire cer­tifi­cates to op­er­ate on the in­ter­net and their servers must be lo­cated in China.

Us­ing cars owned by the car rental ser­vices to shuf­fle pas­sen­gers will be le­git­i­mate as long as the driv­ers have proper train­ing and the cars are in­sured. But pri­vate cars will still be banned from op­er­at­ing, re­ported Shang­hai Law Jour­nal.

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