During an inspection tour to Shanghai on April 11, Premier Li Keqiang paid a visit to Huashan hospital, where he inquired about the supply and price of medicines largely demanded by the people.
An official mentioned the HPV cervical cancer vaccine, which is greatly needed. There is a basic supply of the second type of this vaccine and the fourth type needs an appointment, while the ninth type has not come into the market yet, so people need to go beyond the border to get vaccinated.
Premier Li urged relative authorities to accelerate the approval process to introduce the newest types of anti-cancer vaccines as soon as possible.
At the hospital, he had a conversation through a telemedicine consultation system with doctors in Golog, Northwest China’s Qinghai province; Tengchong, Southwest China’s Yunnan province, and Kashi in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.
Caring about difficulties facing patients, the Premier said western regions, especially rural areas, are in great need of good medical resources, so hospitals in those areas should keep improving their medical testing equipment, while developing Internet Plus medical care.
“Relative telecom departments should establish special networks and increase internet speed for telemedicine,” Premier Li said. “Health departments should tap into medical resources, making sure patients have easy access to good doctors through computer screens.”