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CJFH Physician Zhang Xiaoyan Leading National Volunteer Group on Community Medical Service Tour in Tibet
Source: Posted Date:08-08-2017

From July 23 to 29, National Volunteer Group on Community Medical Service (hereinafter referred as the Group) made a one-week medical aid tour in Nyingchi, a prefecture of the Tibet Autonomous Region, doing their bit “to promote ethnic unity and to build up a better Tibet”, to quote General Secretary Xi Jinping. The Group won appraisal from local medical staff for their services.

The trip was sponsored by both the Health and Family Planning Commission of the Tibet Autonomous Region and China-Japan Friendship Hospital (CJFH). The medical people embarded on the tour at the invitation of the Health and Family Planning Commission of Nyingchi,  but the expenses were funded by Beijing Blue Satellite Communication Technology, Lonshine Technologies and Ping An Property & Casualty Insurance Company of China.
The Group is comprised of experts from different hospitals ranked as Level 3A (the highest rank a hospital can be rated in China)in the Beijing area and led by Prof. Zhang Xiaoyan. The Group was divided into two teams according specialties of the Group members. One team visited patients, provided free diagnosis and consultation, and gave lectures at People’s Hospital of Nyingchi. The other was in People’s Hospital of Bome, a county of Nyingchi. The teamsters also provided health checks and serum screenings for echinococcosis to residents from seven villages in the county.
Experts from the Group provided medical service to Tibetans, assisting the staff of local hospitals, despite their own altitude sickness and weariness after a trudge on the plateau where the elevation was as high as 4,700 meters and most of the places they stayed were 3,000 meters above the sea level. For better communicating with the local people, some physicians even picked up some simple Tibetan speech, making the Tibetans feel warm and being cared. The volunteers did abdomen examinations unlisted in this health check for the Tibetans, with a total of 2,246 people receiving medical screening. The results identified four confirmed cases and seven borderline cases of hepatic echinococcosis, a case of renal carcinoma, carcinoma of urinary bladder, diffuse liver damage, renal angiomyolipoma, horseshoe kidney, kidney agenesis, and kidney stones each. There were 50 cases of gallbladder stone and three of hydronephrosis diagnosed. Some cases of hepatic hemangioma and acute cholecystitis were also detected. All these check results would be grounds for further treatment.

At People’s Hospital of Bome, professors from the Group led by Prof. Zhang Xiaoyan, gave a first-hand instruction and support to local medical staff, by involving in emergency treatment of two severe cases and an ear surgery, inspections on over 20 patients and consultation for over 10 others. At People’s Hospital of Nyingchi, the volunteers shared their insights on consultation and , management, and gave lectures and experience shareouts.

This medical aid tour, covering a large area, received warm welcome from the patients and medical staff there. In Prof. Zhang Xiaoyan’s dermatology consulting room, many Tibetans were loath to leave after diagnosis and treatment. The satisfaction and fulfillment projected by these Tibetan people could be perceived at the scene, whether from the harmonious communication between them or from their smile imbued with hope.
Officials from the Heath and Family Planning Commission of Nyingchi and from Center for Disease Control and Prevention of Nyingchi provided their support to the Group. Wang Hongju, director of the Commission pointed out that the professors won appraisal for their medical skills and working style from leaders of the Nyingchi government, medical staff and local residents. Presidents of both People’s Hospitals of Nyingchi and of Bome expressed their hope that theirs would endeavor to be ranked as 3A Level or 2A Level hospitals, by unceasingly improving their competence on medicalmanagement and other aspects, with the aid from the National Volunteer Group.
National Volunteer Group on Community Medical Service, initiated in March 5 (National Day of Learning from Lei Feng), 2015 by Zhang Xiaoyan, chief of the department of dermatology and venereology of CJFH, now has gathered over 900 physicians from 3A Level institutions in the Beijing area. In the past two years, the Group members went to many places such as revolutionary base areas, poverty-stricken mountain areas and Beijing suburb, providing medical service and contributing to the development of the Healthy China (a plan on disease prevention and healthy lifestyle development).

Zhang Xiaoyan said that the Group would give a full play to the soft power of experienced medical staff from designated 3A Level medical institutions in Beijing and even in the rest of the country, to benefit more grassroots people with targeted assistance, experience interexchange and remote medical service.

A profile of Dr. Zhang Xiaoyan

Associate Director, Supervisor of Doctor Candidates
Associate Director of Dermatovenereology Department, China-Japan Friendship Hospital
Peking University Health Science Center, Doctor Degree of Dermatovenereology, 1997
Specializing in psoriasis, venereal diseases, photosensitive dermatosis, eczema, pigmentary dermatosis, etc.
Member, Beijing Branch, Chinese Society of Dermatology (CSD), Chinese Medical Doctor Association, China Elder Health Care Association
Peer Appraisal Expert, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Review Expert, Ministry of Health
Consultant, Trend Health
Award of Science and Technology Progress, China-Japan Friendship Hospital
Nine Research Projects Sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China
More than 50 Articles in Medical Journals