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China-Pakistan to convene ‘medical corridor’ congress

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

07-30-2015 17:03 BJT

By Tom McGregor, freelancer based in Beijing

China has stood at the forefront of significant advancements in the medical sector, such as R&D (research and development) of new medicines; manufacturing affordable medical equipment; and developing major upgrades on quality healthcare.

Accordingly, the Pakistan medical community aspires to work closely with Chinese caregivers to enhance their expertise. Additionally, Islamabad is moving forward on an infrastructure project, known as the ‘Chi-Pak Economic Corridor’ , which lies at the border between the two neighboring nations.

The plan is to build more roads, railways, airports and manufacturing hubs on the Pakistan side, in order to boost bilateral trade. Chinese companies can open factories in the corridor to lower their manufacturing and labor costs as well.

Subsequently, the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) supports a ‘medical corridor'  where more healthcare facilities and scientific research institutes will be built. The group also organizes medical forums with their cross-border colleagues, the China Medical Association (CMA).

China-Pakistan join hands for medical congress

The PMA and CMA have announced plans to host a medical congress scheduled for next year, Jan. 8-10, in Karachi. The congress will offer scientific seminars and lectures. Session topics will focus on: maternal and child health, blindness, safe drinking water, addictions, sexually-transmitted diseases and environmental concerns.

"We are inviting health experts from China and some countries from the South Asian's Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) to deliver lecture on different medical and scientific topics," Professor Syed Tipu Sultan, PMA president and head of the organizing committee, told the media outlet, Dawn.

Tackling hygiene and hepatitis for better health

Pakistan remains an early-stage developing economy, since many citizens live in dire poverty. Sanitary conditions are abysmal here, which has caused many residents to suffer from serious strains of communicable diseases, including Hepatitis.

Actually, a team of Chinese scientists announced last year that they found a vaccine for Hepatitis E, a disease that has outbreaks occurring in areas of poor sanitary conditions. Hepatitis E causes life-threatening liver ailments and can be spread by drinking contaminated water and person-to-person contact.

Dr. Ning-Shao Xia, a professor in the department of Biology at Xiamen University, told the HealthDay Website, "The Hepatitis E vaccine was licensed in China in 2011 and is the only Hepatitis E vaccine in the world."

Surgery + vacation tour packages

Pakistan's medical community is a firm believer in big dreams to improve the livelihoods of all Pakistanis, rich and poor. They are also communicating with their Chinese counterparts to upgrade their medical skills.

Such efforts can help Pakistan develop world-renowned ‘medical tourism’ facilities. A number of Asian countries – India, Thailand, the Philippines and South Korea – have opened state-of-the-art private hospitals on vacation resorts to attract foreign, mostly Western, patients.

The ‘medical tourism' industry offers affordable surgeries for patients who seek high-quality treatment from physicians who have been licensed from the best medical schools in the world. Patients have access to top-notch facilities, medicines and equipment while staying nearby a trendy tourist spot.

Islamabad believes they can create similar healthcare projects in their ‘medical corridor,' so long as Chinese caregivers provide support.

Medical corridor, a bridge for China-Pakistan

The China-Pakistan ‘medical corridor'  Congress appears to be a fresh start for the two countries to improve healthcare. The partnership stands aligned with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s New Silk Road (One Belt, One Road) initiatives.

China hopes to expand economic cooperation among countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Pakistan is positioning itself to play a pivotal role as a transit point and manufacturing base in the region.

The ‘Chi-Pak Medical Corridor' can bring added benefits, which include the building of more medical equipment factories and medical tourism facilities. Through joint efforts, China and Pakistan can find common ground to offer their citizens better healthcare so they can enjoy well-being and boost their ‘happiness index' scores.

 

( The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Panview or CCTV.com. )

 

 

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