Improvements in healthcare services merit Zhuhai award
Considerably upgraded healthcare services have placed Zhuhai on the list of Cities of the Year 2019-20 in the Healthy China Campaign, it was announced Oct 17 at the Healthy China Promotion Action & Annual index Release Conference in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia.
The list was compiled by the Xinhua News Agency News Information Center, China Economic Information Service, Xinhuanet, and China Medical Herald under guidance of the National Brand Project of Xinhua News Agency. The outcomes are based on netizen voting and expert committee evaluation.
Health service, environment, and guarantee indicators were used to evaluate the measures and progress of domestic cities in constructing a healthy China, said Ying Dakui, director of the expert committee.
Zhuhai has built multiple medical fundamental facilities in recent years, while constantly improving medical levels and services, according to the city Health Bureau.
South campus of Zhuhai Women's & Children's Hospital in Nanping [Photo by Cheng Lin / Zhuhai Daily]
By 2020 there were 16 medical service centers and 98 medical service stations at the community level, 12 health centers, 130 village medical stations, 178 outpatient departments, 345 clinics, and 115 medical rooms across the city. This created a 15-minute medical service circle for both rural and urban residents. Furthermore, four China Chest Pain centers, two Advanced Stroke centers, and three Stroke Prevention & Treatment centers have been completed.
The number of citywide public patient beds climbed by 1,567 with the completion of new campuses of the Zhuhai Women's & Children's Hospital and Zhuhai Center for Chronic Disease Control as well as expansion of Renmin (People's) Hospital.
The city has 25 immunization institutions and 90 vaccination units, all with full digitalization. Per capita funds for basic public health services in Zhuhai also increased year by year.
Quality too is reflected as Zhuhai Renmin Hospital entered the top 10 percent of China's 3A-grade hospitals in a 2018 evaluation. Forty-five city-level quality control centers have been founded and eight new modes of medical services, such as mutual recognition of test results, have been promoted. More general practitioners will be trained, and the health service capability of traditional Chinese medicine will be elevated.
One of China's 38 pilot "healthy" cities in 2016, Zhuhai was the only one selected in the province. It was then chosen as one of China's 19 demonstration "healthy" cities in 2019. And all 150 villages in Zhuhai are now provincial hygiene villages.
According to the organizer, the Healthy China Annual Comprehensive Index in 2021 is 79.75 points. An index model based on 30 indicators in five dimensions was used to evaluate the construction of a healthy China.
The provincial-level regions of Chengdu, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Urumqi, Yinchuan, and Jinan also are Cities of the Year. Other prefecture-level cities listed are Suzhou, Sanya, Ordos, Jiayuguan, Karamay, Zunyi, Jiaxing, Qinhuangdao, Weihai, and Datong.