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In Depth: China’s Primary Health Care on the Front Line Against Covid

By Cui Xiaotian, Xu Wen, Dong Hui and Kelly Wang
2022年07月20日 19:35
The demands of the pandemic have further stressed a frontline medical system already suffering from insufficient funding and shrinking resources. The result has been a brain drain of its best and brightest
A doctor sweeps a clinic entrance in Huanglian village, Chongqing municipality on May 10, 2021. Photo: VCG

When the city of Baicheng in Northeast China’s Jilin province had a Covid outbreak in April, Wang Li’s workday started before dawn.

“We’d get up at three o’clock every day in order to get to the testing spots at 4:30,” said Wang Li, one of about 40 primary care medical personnel who are responsible for the needs of 30,000 residents. The county-level city often began testing residents for Covid-19 before 7 a.m. to accommodate the schedules of local farmers.

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