A medical training course for 101 directors of township-level hospitals in west China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region began on Wednesday in central China's Hunan province.
The nine-day course was launched in the provincial capital of Changsha to help create competent general medical practitioners in Xinjiang, where farmers and herdsmen are in dire need of doctors, according to Hu Jinhua, head of the Hu Jinhua Health Education Promotion Center, a non-governmental organization that organized the course.
Trainees from clinics in Xinjiang's six cities and counties will hear lectures from experts specializing in pediatric medicine, emergency treatment, gynecology and obstetrics, rehabilitation and infectious diseases at the Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, said Sun Hong, head of the hospital.
The Hu Jinhua Health Education Promotion Center will hold nine training courses over the next two years for all township-level hospital heads in Xinjiang, Hu said.
This year, the central government will invest 215 million yuan (about 34 million U.S. dollars) in 150 community health programs in Xinjiang, according to a regional health work conference held on Tuesday.