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Shortage of pediatricians takes toll on China’s child services


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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Apple’s Tim Cook urges calm amid US, China trade war fears

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Saturday urged China and the US to stay calm amid fears of a possible trade war between the world's top two economies over import tariffs

Tim cook urges peace between USA and China. IANS
  • Tim Cook urges peace between China and USA
  • There are possibilities of a trade war
  • There is lots of tension between the two nations

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Saturday urged China and the US to stay calm amid fears of a possible trade war between the world’s top two economies over import tariffs.

Tension between the two countries mounted after US President Donald Trump announced tariffs on up to $60 billion worth of Chinese goods annually to counter Beijing’s allegedly unfair trade practices in the technology sector.

the tension between the two countries is growing thick.

“I’m aware that in both the cases of US and China, there have been cases where everyone hasn’t benefited, where the benefit hasn’t been balanced,” Cook said on the sidelines of the China Development Forum, which is being held from March 24 to 26 in Beijing.

“My belief is that one plus one equals three,” he was cited as saying by Xinhua news agency, adding that “the pie gets larger if working together”. The US government had previously announced tariffs of 10 and 25 per cent on steel and aluminium imports respectively.

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In response to these tariffs, China had announced it was considering tariffs of up to $3 billion on imports of some US goods to compensate for losses caused by the US government’s heavy tariffs on steel and aluminium products from China.

China had also threatened to file a complaint with the World Trade Organization, citing the new US tariff package as possible interference in international trade practices. Cook called countries to embrace openness, trade and diversity, hoping that “calm heads will prevail” in trade relations between China and the US.

More attention should be paid to inequality and the reasons behind it, which over time will “lift everyone up”, he said. The back-to-back announcements of tariffs in Washington and Beijing had a negative impact on stock markets worldwide, many of which closed in the red on Friday, including Dow Jones at Wall Street, that fell 1.77 per cent. IANS

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