New rehab hospital unveiled
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 Xinhuanet.com 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.