Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Guizhou to screen poor kids for congenital heart disease

A campaign to screen poverty-stricken ethnic minority children for congenital heart disease and provide those diagnosed with the condition with free corrective surgeries has been launched in southwest China's Guizhou Province.
Sponsored by the China Charity Foundation (CCF) and organized by the Press Volunteer Charity Promotion Committee under the CCF, the campaign will enlist the help of medical experts from Beijing's General Hospital of Armed Police Forces, Guangzhou General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Command, Guizhou People's Hospital, and several other local hospitals. The children will be sent to Beijing and Guangzhou, capital city of south China's Guangdong Province, to receive free surgeries.
The effort is part of a wider campaign launched in February 2011 to provide treatment to poverty-stricken children with congenital heart disease. So far, 1,615 children from various western and southwestern provinces in the country have received corrective surgeries and are recovering well.
There are still approximately two million children with the disease in China who have yet to receive medical treatment, while each year sees an additional 120,000 babies born with the condition. With corrective surgeries and medical treatment, 90 percent of these children are able to lead normal lives.
Source: Women of China

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