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Another step taken in cooperation with the Chinese Shanxi province

On Monday, 18 September 2017, Mr Martin Gebauer, Deputy Governor for Health received the delegation led by Mr Zhou Ran, Deputy Director of the Standing Committee of the Shanxi People’s Congress, who is responsible for healthcare in the province.

The delegation, including two hospital directors that apply traditional Chinese medicine to treat patients, wanted to learn about cooperating in healthcare. A presentation of the region’s healthcare system delivered by Deputy Governor Gebauer was followed by discussion, during which the visiting delegation presented an interesting offer to send acupuncture trainers to the Moravian-Silesian Region and open a centre for comparative studies of the effects of traditional Chinese and Western medicines. Mr Zhou Ran stated that these projects enjoy the political and economic support of the central Chinese bodies under the Belt and Road Initiative.

Deputy Governor Gebauer pointed out to members of the delegation the contradictory opinions between Czech medical professionals on the application of traditional Chinese medicine in the Czech healthcare system, and welcomed the idea of creating a centre for comparative studies of the effects of traditional Chinese and Western medicines, as this would allow the effects of traditional Chinese medicine to be evaluated. He suggested alleviation of the impact of cancer treatments and chronic pain as suitable starting points for these studies.

Taking the first step before sending out specialists and creating the centre for comparative studies of the effects of traditional Chinese and Western medicines in the Moravian-Silesian Region, the Chinese delegation invited Deputy Governor Gebauer to visit hospitals practicing Chinese medicine in the Shanxi province to consider the best ways of cooperating.

The delegation concluded its stay in the region by visiting a facility operated by the region – a hospital in Frýdek-Místek, to find out how urgent admissions are organised at the hospital

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