Re­mote re­gions seek bet­ter health care

China Daily (Canada) - - TIBET - By PALDEN NY­IMA in Lhasa, Ti­bet

Med­i­cal ser­vices in the Ti­bet au­ton­o­mous re­gion have no­tably im­proved in re­cent years, but there is still a big gap be­tween the care avail­able in Ti­bet and de­vel­oped provinces, a hos­pi­tal of­fi­cial and long­time physi­cian said.

Dr Tse­wang Rigzin, 54, deputy head of the Nagqu Peo­ple’s Hos­pi­tal in the re­gion’s Nagqu pre­fec­ture and a del­e­gate to the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress, brought pro­pos­als to im­prove re­mote med­i­cal ser­vices to the coun­try’s top leg­isla­tive body.

Born in the pre­fec­ture’s Biru county, Tse­wang has worked as a doc­tor there for 27 years and said he al­ways has the ru­ral peo­ple in his heart when he at­tends the two ses­sions.

At this ses­sion in

Bei­jing, his fourth as a del­e­gate, Tse­wang rec­om­mended bring­ing in more med­i­cal tal­ent to sup­port medicine in the re­gion.

“We are not lack­ing ad­vanced equip­ment, but the tal­ents who ac­tu­ally know how to use the equip­ment,” Tse­wang Rigzin. “It is not a gap of equip­ment, but a gap of tal­ent.”

The hos­pi­tal where he works is lo­cated on a grass­land where the av­er­age al­ti­tude is more than 4,500 me­ters above sea level.

In such a harsh en­vi­ron­ment, many peo­ple find it hard to breathe and keep­ing med­i­cal staff for a length of time is chal­leng­ing, Tse­wang said.

A long-term mech­a­nism is needed to keep skilled med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als in re­mote ar­eas such as at Ti­bet’s high plateau, said Tse­wang, a grad­u­ate of Ti­bet Na­tion­al­ity Univer­sity.

Tse­wang’s hos­pi­tal, which has a med­i­cal staff of about 200, plans to strengthen staff train­ing, and it has sus­tain­able co­op­er­a­tive projects with big hospi­tals in other Chi­nese provinces.

“We plan to have 30 of our doc­tors trained in the hospi­tals of the in­land provinces of Zhe­jiang and Liaon­ing, and th­ese two provinces have projects in our hos­pi­tal as part their Ti­bet-aid projects,” he said.

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