Med­i­cal kits meet spe­cial health­care needs in In­ner Mon­go­lia

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS -

A med­i­cal kit from the In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion has at­tracted rep­re­sen­ta­tives’ at­ten­tion dur­ing the Ninth Global Con­fer­ence on Health Pro­mo­tion, which was held in Shang­hai from Monday to Thurs­day.

The kit con­sists of a se­ries of health guide books and more than 20 kinds of medicine for com­mon ail­ments in­clud­ing coughs and colds. It also con­tains some ba­sic med­i­cal ap­pa­ra­tuses such as in­tel­li­gent blood pres­sure me­ters and blood glu­cose mon­i­tors, through which health staff can col­lect data and mon­i­tor peo­ple’s phys­i­cal con­di­tions.

De­signed by the health bureau of In­ner Mon­go­lia’s Hu­lun­buir city, the kit was cre­ated to meet the spe­cial health­care needs in the au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

In­ner Mon­go­lia cov­ers an area of more than 1.1 mil­lion square kilo­me­ters, but has a pop­u­la­tion of only 25 mil­lion. This means it is hard to en­sure health cov­er­age in ev­ery cor­ner of the re­gion, and that a lot of herds­men can­not en­joy nec­es­sary treat­ment when they get sick, Li Shicheng, an of­fi­cial of the re­gion’s health and fam­ily plan­ning com­mis­sion, who at­tended the con­fer­ence, told China News Ser­vice.

Al­most 100,000 such kits had been handed out as of last year, Li said.

The cost of each kit ranges from 100 to 200 yuan ($15 to $30) and was al­lo­cated by health­care sta­tions free of charge to herds­men’s fam­i­lies within a ra­dius of 5 km.

In ad­di­tion to the kits, doc­tors also make vis­its to herds­men fam­i­lies, giv­ing med­i­cal ad­vice, bring­ing medicine to them and up­dat­ing peo­ple’s health records, Li said.

Dur­ing the past five years, the kit has been up­graded sev­eral times, from a sim­ple con­tainer of medicine to what peo­ple re­ceive to­day.

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