WUHAN, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Former French prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin awarded here Saturday the Legion of Honour toa doctor in central China for his contribution to Sino-French cultural and medical exchanges.
Zhou Yunfeng, head of Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in Hubei province, received the honour from Raffarin who was in his two-day visit in Wuhan.
Zhou is the first Chinese clinical doctor wining the Legion of Honour, said Li Jian, Party chief of Wuhan University.
With the help of former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing, Wuhan University has been the key institution of Sino-French cooperation on education since 1979.
Zhou has dedicated himself to the bilateral medical exchanges since 1980s when he concluded his study in France and came back to China, Li said.
Zhou helped to establish the first Sino-French master training course for nursing radiological physicists in China, and was also the first to introduce the one-stop pattern of French emergency medical treatment to China.
In addition, Zhou set up the Wuhan University's Sino-French research institute on liver disease.
Founded in 1802, Legion of Honour is the highest honor awarded by the French government to those who made outstanding contributions to France.