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12:56 May 10 2009

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Medical care conditions improving in Qinghai's Tibetan areas
12:34, May 10, 2009  

Medical care conditions in Tibetan-inhabited farming and pastoral areas in northwest China's Qinghai Province have improved substantially in recent years, with more medical equipment and a higher health care level.

"Now, most of the hospitals at the township level in such areas are capable of conducting routine blood tests, routine urine tests, routine stool tests, type-B ultrasonic scan and electrocardiogram," said Wang Xiaoming, director of a hospital in Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai Province.

This file photo shows doctors of the Qinghai Maternity and Child Care Hospital providing medical services for villagers of Huangzhong County, northwest China's Qinghai Province. (Xinhua File Photo)

Wang said that over the past 20 years, apart from the increasingly complete medical equipment, medical workers have become more efficient in diagnosing patients and performing operations. In the past, most of them only had a degree of technical secondary schools, whereas now most of them have a college diploma and will be trained in the designated hospitals at the provincial level.

Meanwhile, pregnant women or seriously ill patients now no longer have to walk or ride horses when they have to be moved to more advanced hospitals. Most clinics have been equipped with ambulances.

In addition, farmers and herders have changed their old conceptions. More and more people no longer choose to endure illness but to see a doctor, thanks to the affordable hospital charges and improved health care conditions.

Source: Xinhuanet

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