Pri­vate hos­pi­tals dou­ble in six years Canyon closes over safety con­cerns

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA -

China had 16,900 pri­vate hos­pi­tals as of April — 57.2 per­cent of all hos­pi­tals in the coun­try. The num­ber of pri­vate hos­pi­tals in China has dou­bled since 2011, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion. The num­ber of pri­vate health in­sti­tu­tions also rose to 444,000, ac­count­ing for 45 per­cent of all health in­sti­tu­tions, ac­cord­ing to the com­mis­sion. The Yar­lung Zangbo River Grand Canyon scenic area in Ti­bet, known as the world’s deep­est canyon, has been tem­po­rar­ily closed to vis­i­tors be­cause of safety con­cerns. Con­tin­u­ous rain­fall has blocked sev­eral roads lead­ing to the scenic area, and the ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fice an­nounced on Satur­day that it has de­cided to close the area. Trav­el­ers who plan to ar­rive in Ti­bet by car, bike or on foot were also warned of pos­si­ble ge­o­log­i­cal dis­as­ters along the Sichuan-Ti­bet High­way.

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