Doctor-Sharing making a difference in Tibetan hospitals
While awaiting surgery to remove tumours from her uterus, Tibetan Linkyi Drolkar said she was pleased to hear that it was doctor from Beijing who would perform the operation.
I heard Lhasa People Hospital had been sent doctors from Beijing as part of an aid program, so I chose this hospital for my surgery, the 49-year old said.
Since 1995, China central government has been sending doctors to the Tibet autonomous region to improve its healthcare system.
Last year, the Communist Party of China Central Committee Organisation Department expanded the Aid-Tibet Program.
As part of the program, 16 medical teams consisting of more than 300 doctors were dispatch to Tibet over the past 15 months by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning. The first batch was relieved by a second group of 179 doctors in July.
They have come from some of Beijing best hospitals and have been distributed among seven key hospitals in Tibet cities and prefectures.
Yu Yabin, a pediatrician from the Beijing Obstetrics and Gynaecology Hospital, is one of fifteen doctors who were assigned to Lhasa People Hospital. She works alongside three other Beijing doctors in the obstretrics and gynecology department.
Tibetan patients always show deep gratitude toward doctors, which is rarely seen elsewhere, she said.
In addition to performing surgeries, the visiting doctors have a secondary role training local medical staff - something that they had not been required to do in the past.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, 32 year-old Lyu Tao - another Beijing doctor working in the obstretrics and gynecology department of Lhasa People Hospital, who came to Tibet six months ago from Beijing Tsinghua Chang Gung Hospital - operates on patient while being observed by three local doctors.
In the first week, Yu Yabin team was in Tibet, a two-year old suffering from pneumonia was treated.
The child had swallowed a melon seed that was stuck in his windpipe.
As the hospital in Lhasa did not have a bronchoscope - a piece of medical equipment that is used to inspect and pass other instruments into the airways - the doctors were unable to remove the seed.
Yu asked Beijing Children Hospital to lend them a professional bronchoscipe, which the team was able to use to operate on the child two weeks later.
To prevent a repeat of such events, Yu team bought a new brochoscope for the hospital pediatric department and trained two local doctors to use it.
The team next goal is to setup a diagnosis centre for heart disease.
They have a sold foundation here, but there is a lack of high-tech devices, so we hope to create a cardiac care unit in the hospital, said Yu adding that they were also focused on improving the level of prenatal care in the region.
With the thin air and risk of high blood pressure, it is important to encourage Tibetan pregnant woman to have regualr examinations.
Source: Palden Nyima and Daqiong, China Daily, December 26th 2016