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Premier stresses basic healthcare, compulsory education in Sichuan

Updated: Apr 20,2021 10:10 AM

Premier Li Keqiang visited Shahe township, Chaotian district in Guangyuan, Southwest China's Sichuan province, on April 19, 2021.

The Premier inquired about basic healthcare and compulsory education, which are top concerns for people's well-being.

While visiting the township health center in Shahe, Premier Li asked patients about their reimbursement proportion for drug expenses and medical insurance payments. He also inspected the pharmacy, and emphasized no profit margins should be allowed.

Boasting 10 general practitioners and 9 domestic medical teams, the health center provides basic healthcare services for over 20,000 people in the area.

Premier Li fully affirmed their contributions, and said the medical staff built an initial line of defense for people's life and health at the grassroots level. That has eased people's burdens, with minor and common illnesses cured in a timely fashion.

This year more funds will be allocated to basic healthcare services, especially hospitals and health centers at the township and county levels. Treatment of medical workers will be gradually improved to let them work more comfortably and take good care of people's health.

During a visit to Shahe township primary school, Premier Li learned in detail about school conditions, curriculums, treatment of teachers, and other issues.

The Premier encouraged the pupils to study hard and become people of far-sighted, and hoped that they would not forget their hometown and teachers however successful they become in the future.

He also said to the teachers the government will continue to allocate funds to compulsory education, particularly those at the township and county levels. Rural teachers will see a gradual improvement in their salaries and social welfare, and their average salary should not be lower than that of local civil servants.