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Village doctors play important role in poverty relief in rural areas (2)

(Xinhua)    08:56, May 20, 2020

CHINA-GUANGXI-POVERTY RELIEF-HEALTH GUARDIANS (CN)

In this combo photo taken on April 29, 2020, 40-year-old rural doctor Li Mou measures blood pressure for a villager (L, top, photo taken by Zhou Hua), asks about a villager's health conditions (L, bottom, photo taken by Cao Yiming), measures weight and height for children (C, bottom, photo taken by Cao Yiming), sorts villagers' health records (R, top, photo taken by Zhou Hua), gives prescriptions (R, C, photo taken by Cui Bowen), and is on the way to visit a patient (R, bottom, photo taken by Cao Yiming), at Yaozhai Village of Nandan County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. May 19 marks World Family Doctor Day, a day to highlight the role and contribution of family doctors in health care systems around the world. China is committed to improving the quality of contracted family doctor services and enhancing community-level medical services. Family doctors, including general practitioners registered with grassroots health institutions, qualified doctors at township clinics and village doctors, provide basic medical care and other health services. In Guangxi, a major front in China's anti-poverty campaign, village doctors play an important role in the course of poverty relief in rural areas. They travel door to door to answer patients' calls, especially for those who live in hard-to-reach hamlets and under the poverty line. They are considered health guardians in towns, offering emergency response and medical support. (Xinhua)


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