Li, ex-WHO leader at­tribute healthy ad­vances to re­forms

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHANG YUE zhangyue@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China will con­tinue its Healthy China ef­forts and fur­ther en­hance co­op­er­a­tion with the United Na­tion’s World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion, Premier Li Ke­qiang said in a meet­ing in Bei­jing on Thurs­day with Mar­garet Chan, for­mer di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the WHO.

Li said China has de­voted enor­mous time and ef­fort to im­ple­ment­ing med­i­cal re­forms, aim­ing to pro­vide ba­sic med­i­cal and health ser­vices to the gen­eral pub­lic.

He said the coun­try has man­aged to es­tab­lish a medi- cal sys­tem cov­er­ing 98 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion and ben­e­fit­ing more than 1.3 bil­lion peo­ple.

China can en­hance com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the WHO and other global part­ners, Li said, and share its ex­pe­ri­ences in med­i­cal re­forms to bet­ter im­ple­ment the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment.

Li spoke highly of Chan’s ef­forts to pro­mote global health and med­i­cal de­vel­op­ment and deal with im­por­tant pub­lic health in­ci­dents, such as the out­break of the Ebola virus and hem­or­rhagic fever when she was the agency’s di­rec­tor-gen­eral. He said Chan has worked pos­i­tively in pro­mot­ing the pub­lic health sys­tems in WHO mem­ber coun­tries, es­pe­cially in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, and has pro­vided con­sul­tancy and sup­port to China’s med­i­cal re­form.

Chan ex­pressed her grat­i­tude to the Chi­nese govern­ment for its long­time sup­port of the WHO.

She said China has made out­stand­ing achieve­ments in med­i­cal re­form, pro­vid­ing suc­cess­ful ex­pe­ri­ence for other coun­tries. She said she is ready to con­trib­ute her ex­per­tise to China’s deep­en­ing med­i­cal re­form and in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion.

WU ZHIYI / CHINA DAILY

Premier Li Ke­qiang

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