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China to train 35,000 emergency response medical professionals by 2015


08:36, November 18, 2011

BEIJING, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- Over 35,000 emergency response medical staff will be trained in the 2011-2015 period to strengthen the country's capability to overcome disasters and public health emergencies, health authorities said Thursday.

The government-funded program, detailing a massive training plan in the five years through 2015, was revealed in a Ministry of Health statement on Thursday.

China still faces heavy pressure in terms of emergency response to natural disasters, accidents and public health incidents while the training mechanism for its medical rescuers remains weak, it said.

To tackle that, a certain number of personnel from the health and disease control authorities, hospitals at various levels, as well as medical experts of emergency response in other public institutions will be paid to take the training -- 30,000 of whom will come from prefecture or county level units.

It noted that proposed courses will include medical emergency management, acute infectious diseases prevention and control, emergency medical treatment for acute poisonings and radiations.

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