Sunday, 7 September 2014

Smoking cessation prospects poor | Bleak outlook for foreign-owned hospitals | 500 children die of rabies every year

Smoking cessation efforts are doomed to fail in rural China unless the culture of  giving cigarettes as gifts can be broken, say researchers from the Ministry of Health in Jinan, Shandong. Their study found that although many people in rural China attempted to quit at the advice of other family members, relapses were common and few were able to quit completely because they were culturally expected to share cigarettes. The study also found that village doctors did not smoking cessation advice to all patients and there were few if any smoking cessation programs in rural areas.

Allowing foreign companies to set up and operate hospitals in China will not make much difference to overstretched health services, a leading health official says in Caxin. Lian Xinbo says the real barriers are in employment and insurance regulations which mean that foreign companies will find it difficult to attract talented doctors and also to offer services that are reimbursed by health insurers.

More than 500 Chinese children die of rabies every year, and tragically most of the deaths could have been avoided if children had received correct treatment, say clinicians from the National Institute for Viral Disease Control and Prevention in Beijing. Most of the rabies cases occur in rural areas and are due to bites by domestic or stray dogs. However, few children with rabies get the recommended treatment of post-exposure rabies injections or even adequate wound care.

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