Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the importance of giving “strategic priority” to protecting people’s health by joining national policy advisers from the education sectors on Saturday, of medicine and health who participated in a joint group meeting.
Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, called for focusing efforts on treating major diseases and problems that affect people’s health.
The country’s public health protection network should be strengthened, and efforts should be made to promote high-quality development of public hospitals, he said, demanding comprehensive healthcare for people of all ages. stages of their life.
The meeting was held during the fourth session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China’s top political advisory body.
Noting that China has achieved hard-won results over the past year, Xi praised medical staff for “erecting an iron wall” against COVID-19 at a critical time.
The fight against COVID-19 has once again proven that prevention is the most economical and effective health strategy, Xi said, calling for reform and improvement of the disease prevention and control system.
He called for efforts to build capacity for initial surveillance and early warning, rapid testing, emergency response, and comprehensive treatment.
Stressing the importance of the role of the “main force” of public hospitals in the fight against COVID-19, Xi demanded to strengthen the construction of public medical and health institutions.
Health infrastructure at the basic level must be improved, and policies to support doctors in rural areas must be implemented in order to strengthen the capacity of basic institutions in the prevention and treatment of diseases, he said. he said, calling for efforts to deepen the reform of the medical and care system.
Xi also called for the preservation and development of traditional medicine and breakthroughs in essential technologies in key areas, as well as more protection, care, and support for medical personnel.