China's national health watchdog held the grand final of the competition of elementary level health skills for medical staff on December 9 in Beijing.
The final of the national health skills competition kicked off on December 9 in Beijing. [Photo by Jiang Xingguang/chinadaily.com.cn]
According to the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), the competition, which involves delegations from 31 provinces and municipalities, is aimed at improving the health skills of medical staff across the country.
Eight teams from Beijing, Gansu and Hebei, among others, made it to the final round and competed in two categories: scene simulation and the medical knowledge test.
The scores were marked based on four dimensions, including team work and collaboration, medical skills of diagnosis and treatment, performance under pressure and public review.
A group of medical staff demonstrates at the national health skills competition on December 9 in Beijing. [Photo by Jiang Xingguang/chinadaily.com.cn]
After a tense day of competition, the team from Chuxiong prefecture of Southwest China's Yunnan province, won first place.
Of the trio, doctor Zhang Zhengqing and nurse Cui Yingqiong are a couple. "I feel gratitude to have my wife with me all the way in the competition," said Zhang.
"This competition is the biggest of its kind, covering the largest number of people and having the biggest social influence," said Ma Xiaowei, vice minister of the NHFPC.
Tian Hui, secretary of the Secretariat of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions, spoke highly of the competition, saying it "fully stimulates the passion of learning and working for medical staff at the basic level, and improving comprehensive capability and the overall service."
Statistics show that over 1.5 million personnel in 340,000 medical and health organizations - around 96 percent of the national total - took part in the competition.
"The community/family physician model needs the support of the overall medical team," said Du Xueping from Chinese Medical Doctor Association. When commenting on the performance of the medical staff at and the necessity for the competition, she said it would "Definitely contribute to the building of Healthy China."
The winners of the group competition will receive 30,000 yuan ($ 4,345) from the Wu Jieping Medical Foundation.