Ru­ral re­wards

Fengcheng Yuandu Clinic helps with health­care for some 50,000 lo­cals

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By ZHUAN TI zhuanti@chi­

Fengcheng Yuandu Clinic, a hos­pi­tal in Yuandu town­ship, Jiangxi prov­ince, is re­spon­si­ble for the health of 50,000 lo­cal res­i­dents and has grad­u­ally be­come a med­i­cal center serv­ing sur­round­ing ar­eas in re­cent years.

Hos­pi­tal Di­rec­tor Zou Huihua said he puts great ef­fort into im­prov­ing the qual­ity of med­i­cal teams and the ser­vice of the hos­pi­tal.

En­sur­ing the health­care in town­ships like Yuandu and ru­ral China is very im­por­tant, Dr Zou said.

The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment ap­proved a se­ries of pro­pos­als to im­prove the health­care sys­tem in town­ships and vil­lages dur­ing the most re­cent ses­sion of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee congress held in Novem­ber.

As an ex­pe­ri­enced doc­tor at the grass­roots level for nearly 20 years, Zou be­lieves what he has been do­ing is in­deed mean­ing­ful.

“There are a lot of doc­tors in big cities,” Zou said. “But in town­ships and vil­lages they need peo­ple like me.”

Zou was ap­pointed to work in the Fengcheng Yuandu Clinic right af­ter he grad­u­ated from col­lege in 1994.

“To be hon­est, I was a lit­tle bit dis­ap­pointed and up­set back then,” Zou said. “I didn’t want to stay in lit­tle town­ships and a ru­ral area.”

So Zou quit his job and started in busi­ness, but even­tu­ally

There are a lot of doc­tors in big cities, but in town­ships and vil­lages they need peo­ple like me.”


he de­cided to come back to the clinic af­ter care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion.

Zou said farm­ers lacked med­i­cal care in the 1990s and he re­ally wanted to do some­thing to help change the sit­u­a­tion. But it has not been easy. For the past dozen years, Zou has al­ways been the first to get to the of­fice and stayed late al­most ev­ery night.

Zou said his wife is also a doc­tor at the clinic. Both of them are so busy a day off is rare.

“The rea­son I do that is be­cause if there is a prob­lem, I can fix it im­me­di­ately. I don’t want to risk peo­ple’s lives,” Zou said.

In 2011, vil­lager Zeng Juhua swal­lowed pes­ti­cide and was in grave dan­ger when she ar­rived at the hos­pi­tal.

Though the doc­tor pumped her stom­ach, Zeng lost her heart­beat and stopped breath­ing.

Yet Zou and his col­leagues didn’t give up. They worked for eight straight hours to save her life by giv­ing her top- qual­ity emer­gency treat­ment.

Even­tu­ally, Zeng re­gained con­scious­ness and her fam­ily showed great ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

“The hap­pi­est thing for a doc­tor is see­ing his pa­tients re­cover,” Zou said.

Zou said there is a short­age of doc­tors in ru­ral ar­eas who can han­dle emer­gency treat­ment.

“If we give the pa­tient ap­pro­pri­ate med­i­cal treat­ment with­out de­lay, we can save a life.”

As the di­rec­tor of Fengcheng Yuandu Clinic, Zou is em­pha­siz­ing im­prov­ing the med­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment. He said they are now con­struct­ing a new build­ing for the hos­pi­tal.

Zou said pro­fes­sional train­ing for young doc­tors is im­por­tant as well.

He en­cour­ages them to take pro­fes­sional en­hance­ment train­ing cour­ses and in­vites ex­perts and ex­pe­ri­enced doc­tors to the clinic to give lec­tures. Xu Gen­liang in Jiangxi con­trib­uted to this story.

In 1994 Zou Huihua was “a bit dis­ap­pointed and up­set” to learn he had been as­signed to a ru­ral hos­pi­tal. Now the di­rec­tor of a town­ship clinic, he is ded­i­cated to coun­try­side health­care.

Zou checks a pa­tient’s con­di­tion with a young doc­tor in the hos­pi­tal.

Zou has been on duty for al­most two decades.

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