RESIDENTS, lawmakers, political advisers and reporters were invited to visit three local hospitals in Shenzhen and experience the clinical services during an Open Day event featuring the city's "3R Project" yesterday.
The city government launched the "3R Project" in September 2014, with the aim of introducing top-notch medical experts and resources to Shenzhen. The Open Day event yesterday was held by the city's health and family planning commission, and offered a good opportunity for local residents to see the improvements in the city's medical services with their own eyes.
The visitors paid a visit to Shenzhen Cancer Hospital of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine-Shenzhen Hospital and Yunshan Medical Center.
They toured the acupuncture and massage rooms and the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) museum at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine-Shenzhen Hospital, where rare medicinal plant and animal materials, such as ginseng, ganoderma and a whale bone, were on display.
Five international students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen (CUHK-Shenzhen) also joined the tour.
Adeline Permata, an 18-year-old student from Indonesia, is studying science and engineering at CUHK-Shenzhen. It was her first visit to a TCM hospital and she was impressed by the various kinds of medicinal materials being exhibited at the museum.
"I think it's interesting that you can make medicine out of those materials," she said, adding that she will try TCM treatment the next time she gets sick.
Permata's classmate, Magzhan Kapessov from Kazakhstan, said he had taken Chinese medicine before to treat his stomach disease. Kapessov said he was surprised to see the "strange" raw materials at the museum and he didn't expect anyone would use those materials to make medicine.
Yang Qin, a lawmaker, said the "3R Project" can really benefit the public by upgrading the city's health care services and bringing top-notch medical experts from home and abroad to the city. "By attending the Open Day event, we also found problems that can be solved at these hospitals in a bid to improve the project in the future," he said.