Twinning program takes medical care in Tibet to next level – Xinhua

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Doctors operate on a hydatid patient at the Lhasa People’s Hospital in Lhasa, capital of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, Dec. 31, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Rufeng)

LHASA, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) — Since 2015, hospital departments in China’s relatively developed municipalities and provinces have teamed up with their counterparts in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region to provide better medical services to plateau residents.

Different from previous individual aid, the departmental twinning system has proven to be more effective in raising the medical level of local hospitals.

Xuan Hanqing, a doctor with the Urology Department of Renji Hospital in Shanghai, started work in Xigaze City with urgent ureteral stone surgery.

As a member of the Eighth Group of Shanghai Tibet Medical Team, he was responsible for improving the medical level and service of the Urology Department of Xigaze People’s Hospital.

Meanwhile, Sun Shuxue, head of Beijing’s Seventh Tibet Medical Team and physician at Beijing Friendship Hospital, has coordinated high-quality medical resources in Beijing over the past three years, increasing the number of assisted departments at Lhasa People’s Hospital from four to nine.

Orthopedics, Neurology, Respiratory Medicine, Neurosurgery, and General Surgery are the five departments attended.

With the increase in medical talents and resources, the hospital has introduced many new therapeutic projects such as the correction of hip deformity in children. More than 30 technologies were the first to be applied in Tibet.

A large number of local doctors, with the help of assistant experts, independently performed various complex operations such as the implantation of a stent for acute myocardial infarction.

Learning from doctors in Shaanxi province, Nima Tsering, an emergency department doctor at Pulan County People’s Hospital in Ngari Prefecture, mastered appendectomy, resection of benign breast tumor, closed chest drainage and other routine surgeries.

At the end of June, seven groups of more than 1,300 medical professionals from all over China trained more than 2,400 local doctors of various levels for Tibet. Meanwhile, hospitals in Tibet have sent 1,800 local medical staff to their twin provinces and municipalities for further study.

By the end of 2021, over 400 serious illnesses could be treated without leaving Tibet, and over 2,400 moderate illnesses could be treated without patients having to leave their towns. Moreover, the average life expectancy in Tibet has fallen from 68.2 years in 2015 to 72.19 years.

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