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Shortage of pediatricians takes toll on China’s child services

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Beijing: Some children’s hospitals in China were shut down due to a severe shortage of pediatricians, a media report said on Monday.

The No.3 Hospital affiliated to Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, has stopped accepting patients, except for critical cases, the China Daily reported.

Shan Yutao, director of the hospital’s medical management department said that there were five pediatricians at its emergency treatment department, who were divided into two groups and had to work 24-hour shifts.

“We cannot manage the work since some doctors quit recently,” said Shan, adding “Four of the eight doctors we recruited in 2011 have quit.”

Tian Man, director of the medical service department of Nanjing Children’s Hospital, said that pediatricians in many hospitals were working under great pressure.

“We expected to receive 2,000 to 3,000 patients when the hospital started operating,” said Tian. “But now we treat more than 5,000 patients a day. The number even surges to 7,000 in summer.”

According to the Nanjing Health Bureau, the number of children in Nanjing reached 1.02 million in 2015, but there are fewer than 1,000 pediatricians in the city.

Zhao Bo, a pediatrician at Nanjing Children’s Hospital, said that not too many doctors want to become pediatricians due to the extreme pressure.

“Many parents easily get irritated when their children are sick,” said Zhao. “Besides, many children cannot describe their symptoms clearly.(IANS)

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China Reports Nearly 1 mn Cases of Occupational Diseases

The commission will also make efforts to safeguard labor health by improving legislation, government supervision and occupational health training

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China reported over 970,000 cases of occupational diseases by the end of 2018 of which 90 per cent cases were pneumoconiosis.

The data was given by China’s State Council Information Office.

According to a study, of the 900 million Chinese workers, 25 million are exposed to occupational hazards each year with pneumoconiosis being the most prevalent disease among them.

It’s a chronic and deadly lung disease caused by inhaling dust or small particles.

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Li Bin, Deputy Director of the National Health Commission, was quoted as saying by Xinhua that the panel would beef up the prevention and treatment for pneumoconiosis in partnership with related departments.

Li also stressed concerted efforts to prevent pneumoconiosis patients from falling into or returning to poverty due to the illness, by means of medical insurance, medical assistance and living support.

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The commission will also make efforts to safeguard labor health by improving legislation, government supervision and occupational health training, he said.

A total of 132 diseases of 10 types are classified as occupational diseases in China, Li said, adding that other employment hazards including poison, noise and radiation should be controlled. (IANS)