Xinjiang finds new med­i­cal ap­proaches

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA -

ipal­i­ties and min­istries to sup­port Xinjiang’s devel­op­ment in dif­fer­ent fields. In the health sec­tor, more em­pha­sis has been put on cul­ti­vat­ing a med­i­cal corps that will stay long-term.

For in­stance, Jiangsu prov­ince paired one of its med­i­cal ex­perts with three Xinjiang doc­tors and in­cor­po­rated their per­for­mance into their an­nual as­sess­ments. Fu­jian prov­ince has sent 100 med­i­cal ex­perts to Xinjiang ev­ery year, and it re­ceives 100 doc­tors from the re­gion to study and work in Fu­jian, ac­cord­ing to the Xinjiang Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

In ad­di­tion to train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, Xinjiang has also crafted pref­er­en­tial poli­cies to boost the devel­op­ment of lo­cal med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als, in­clud­ing mak­ing it eas­ier for lo­cal doc­tors to earn qual­i­fi­ca­tions and get pro­mo­tions, and ex­empt­ing med­i­cal stu­dents from tuition fees if they serve in cer­tain places in Xinjiang, ac­cord­ing to the na­tional health com­mis­sion.

“We have been in­no­vat­ing the tal­ent train­ing mech­a­nism — chang­ing from get­ting blood trans­fu­sions to form­ing blood on our own,” Yin Yulin, deputy di­rec­tor of the Xinjiang com­mis­sion, said of the new ef­fort at a work con­fer­ence on July 13.

Li Xin­wei, head of the South Xinjiang work­sta­tion of the Chi­nese Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, said: “We have been talk­ing about as­sis­tance for Xinjiang for many years, but I pre­fer the con­cept of build­ing up Xinjiang. We should put more em­pha­sis on train­ing our own med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als and stand­ing on our own.”

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