A healthier population, a sign of CPC’s commitment to protecting people’s health

Editor’s note: What is the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)? What is the CCP’s role in the new era?

The CPC has become one of the biggest ruling parties in the world in the process of leading the Chinese people to seek liberation and happiness, making China as strong and prosperous as it is today.

As the CPC ushers the nation into a new era of development, the past decade has witnessed great achievements in national strength and prosperity, with people’s confidence and recognition in this path reaching unprecedented levels.

With more than 96 million members, the CPC will convene its 20th National Congress in the second half of the year, which is expected to guide the country’s development and policy-making. Ahead of the meeting, the Global Times publishes a series of stories to help the world understand the CPC in the new era, through the stories of CPC members working on the front lines in various fields, as well as through the observations made by respected scholars.

In this article, we see an illustration of the CCP’s protection of most basic human rights and people’s welfare through learning medical services and meticulous care of the elderly and women in the most famous regions of China full of longevity.

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PRIMARY medical care is vital to the health of hundreds of millions of people. Since the 18th CPC National Congress, services in primary health care facilities have been gradually improved. By the end of 2021, there were nearly 980,000 primary-level medical and healthcare institutions in China, with more than 4.4 million health workers, covering all sub-districts, communities, townships and villages, according to data released at a news conference by the National Health Commission in July. The Sixth National Health Service Survey found that 90% of households can reach the nearest medical point within 15 minutes in China.

Chinese health authorities have stepped up efforts to build the capacity of family doctors and streamline their services. A directive issued jointly by six government departments, including the National Health Commission, in March suggested that China will expand family doctor services to cover at least 75% of its population and around 85% of priority patients such as the elderly, pregnant women, children and people with disabilities by 2035.

The government will strive to increase the percentage of people registered with family doctors by 1 to 3 percentage points each year from 2022, he said.

Additionally, China has expanded medical facilities in rural areas over the past decade to ensure its 509.8 million rural residents have access to basic medical services.

By the end of 2021, China had set up 23,000 county-level medical and health-care institutions, 35,000 township health institutions and 599,000 village clinics across the country, the National Health Commission said during a meeting. of a press conference in May.

The establishment of health agencies has addressed the lack of medical resources in rural areas and enabled rural residents, 36.1 percent of the total population, to enjoy medical services at their doorsteps, the commission said.

World Longevity Township Magic

The increasing aging of the population and the decline in the birth rate have once again highlighted issues such as care for the elderly. Rugao City is one of the most famous regions in China for its longevity. There were currently 525 centenarians among the local population of 14 million, far exceeding the longevity standard prescribed by the United Nations and ranked first in all of China.

Over the past decade, to implement the national strategy of actively combating population aging, Rugao has accelerated the construction of a high-quality medical service system for the elderly, such as the use of “internet plus” to build a platform for contractual family doctor services. , and strengthen the publicity and promotion of this service, said Wu Haiyan, deputy party secretary of the Rugao Health Commission. world times.

Rugao is currently promoting the deep integration of health resources and retirement institutions, focusing on supporting the development of nursing institutions for the elderly, and actively promoting the integrated development of medical treatment and rehabilitation.

The local government shall establish infirmaries or specialized geriatric rehabilitation hospitals in nursing homes with more than 100 beds, and the corresponding services shall be covered by the public health insurance, the world times learned from the local authority.

Wu told the world times that the local government has also set up a volunteer service team consisting of retired medical experts from the municipal health system to perform volunteer services such as “health care lectures”, “free diagnoses” and “the introduction of a medical insurance policy” for elderly inhabitants . Each volunteer would provide services to two seniors and would perform medical assessments, establish health records and provide them with personalized and accurate health management services.

As the aging population grows, Rugao is alleviating the shortage of medical personnel at the community level. The problems of aging rural physicians and unqualified service providers have gradually abated over the past decade. More and more young village doctors are willingly moving to rural clinics, and many basic medical services are available just around the corner for the elderly instead of waiting in line at the hospital.

China attaches increasing importance to rural medical services. The three-tier health system at village, township and county level has been improved.

Efforts have been made to establish standard clinics and assign qualified doctors to large rural areas across the country. Medical treatment conditions and environments have improved greatly over the past 10 years.

Extended care for women

In addition to health care services for the elderly, Rugao has also launched free screening for two cancers (cervical and breast) for women, under national plans released by China’s National Health Commission. Health in May to expand women’s access to cervical and breast cancer screening services. breast cancers.

The scope of these services will be expanded to include women aged 35-64 in both urban and rural areas, and will prioritize those living in rural areas or those from urban families living on subsistence allowances, according to plans, the Xinhua news agency reported. .

Since the 18th CPC National Congress, the “two cancers” large-scale screening program has detected diseases at an early stage and greatly improved the survival rate and quality of life of patients through diagnosis. and treatment, laying an important foundation for great advances in maternal and child health in China over the past decade, Wu said.

According to data released by the National Health Commission in May, 2020, the “two cancers” screening program had covered nearly 2,600 counties nationwide and nearly 200 million people.

By the end of 2025, coverage of cervical cancer screening services for eligible women will exceed 50%, while coverage of breast cancer screening services will increase every year, according to plans.

Promoting the sustainable development of medical care for the elderly and maternal and child health services is a direct reflection of CPC’s people-centered development philosophy, a firm mission to serve people wholeheartedly and the most more direct CPC solutions on the protection of most key human rights and welfare, Wu concluded.

This article was first published in the world times on August 31, 2022. The world times is an English-language Chinese tabloid under the People’s Dailyan official newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party.