China to spend 4 bln yuan on health care in Tibet


The Ministry of Health and State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine have jointly allocated 2.56 million yuan for promoting the public health care in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) during the 11th Five-Year Period, according to a senior official of the Ministry of Health.

Zhang Mao, party secretary of the Ministry of Health, released the figure at the Work Conference on Support of Tibet's Health care in Lhasa, capital city of TAR, on Sept. 28.

Zhang said the total amount of investment was expected to hit four billion yuan during the 12th Five-Year Period (2011-2015).

Between 2006 and 2010, nearly half of the investment was pumped into the infrastructure construction in 815 county-level hospitals, hospitals for women and children, town-level health centers, etc. in Tibet.

In the public health care sector, the highest allowance reaches 12 yuan per person in TAR.

During this period, around 200 medical personnel from first-class hospitals in inland areas were sent to aid Tibetan county-level hospitals while a special fund of two million yuan was allocated to reconstruct and expand20 county-level Tibetan medicine hospitals in six prefectures of the region.

Since 1973, medical institutions directly under the administration of Ministry of Health and other medical departments of inland provinces and cities have successively dispatched medical teams to Tibet.

In accordance with the Central Government, 17 inland provinces (cities) and seven medical organizations such as the China Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS) and Chinese Center For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) have undertaken the task of sending medical personnel and cadres to help with the medical care work in all kinds of hospitals and health centers at all levels all over the region.

Zhang Mao said the institutions above had so far raised 460 million yuan to carry out 137 programs, which have greatly boosted the development of the local health sector including the improvement of medical facilities and hospital conditions.

Statistics show that the average life expectancy in Tibet has increased from 64.37 years old in 2000 to 67 in 2009 thanks to the significant improvement of the medical system.

The mid- and long-term goal for Tibet is to gradually narrow the gap of medical treatment between Tibet and other four Tibetan-inhibited areas in China by 2012.

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