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China to step up emergency medical aid in 5 years

Updated: Sep 2,2016 7:49 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China will better train its emergency medical workers and build more medical centers to cope with natural disasters and other incidents.

Within the next five years, more than 90 percent of the country’s emergency medical teams at or above the county level will be professionally trained and equipped, according to the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) made public on Sept 1 by the National Health and Family Planning Commission.

“Our country’s emergency aid response capacity has yet to fully meet the demands of natural disasters, occasional accidents and public security incidents,” it said, stressing that such medical aid is a crucial part of the government’s emergency management.

According to the plan, more should be done to improve coordination between road, railway, sea and air transportation entities to improve the mass transfer of the injured.

It called for more policies to help the development of medical transfer and treatment by air, better trained professionals and suitable equipment, along with the construction of more emergency aid bases near expanses of water.

Seven national emergency medical aid bases will be built across the country. Provinces will have their own regional emergency medical aid centers, and cities and counties will build emergency medical aid stations.