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China Environment & Health Awareness Week held

On the morning of June 2, the 5th China Environment & Health Awareness Week, sponsored by   Zhejiang Committee, Ningbo Committee and Yinzhou Branch of Chinese Peasants and Workers Democratic Party, and hosted by Hengjie Town Government of Yinzhou District, was held in Hengjie Town.

It is reported that the "awareness week" is a social welfare activity initiated by the Central Committee of Chinese Peasants and Workers Democratic Party, and this year’s session, themed as "Green Economy and Health", has been the fifth one.

At 8 o'clock in the morning, over 20 members of Chinese Peasants and Workers Democratic Party assembled on the playground of Hengjie Central Primary School to provide services for the local people in medicine, legal help, family planning and science promotion. The medical experts provided free medical treatment involved in such departments as cardiology, surgery, orthopedics, ophthalmology and Chinese medicine, etc.

Consulting services on hearing rehabilitation offered in Ningbo Book City

On the morning of March 2, a day before the 13th National Ear Care Day, Ningbo CDPF, together with the Ningbo Rehabilitation Hospital and Disabled Persons' Federation of Jiangdong District, offered free consulting services on hearing rehabilitation to citizens.

Under the theme of ‘Reduce noise and protect your ears”, the organizers publicized knowledge about taking care of ears through posters, brochures distribution. They also offered free consultation service on noise prevention and hearing health. Meanwhile, they gave off free anti-noise earplugs to those who work long hours in the high-decibel workplace.

Experts say, noise may irritate people and loud noise even do harm to human health. However, noise exists everywhere in our daily life. Loud noise can cause discomfort of human body. Long-term exposure to environmental noise as high as 90 db can lead to severe hearing damage and cause neurasthenia, headache, hypertension and other diseases. According to the second National Sample Survey on Disability, hearing disability caused by noise is steadily on rise.

Experts offer the following advices to the public. Do not stay too long in a loud noise environment. If necessary, use the anti-noise earplugs. Besides, developing good habits with the ears can effectively reduce noise damage.

Efforts of smoking cessation clinic hailed

May 31 marks World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) in 2012, a day created by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1987 as a way to bring worldwide attention to the tobacco epidemic today. To help people who have difficulty in quit smoking, Ningbo opened its first smoking cessation clinic in November, 2008 in the Affiliated Hospital of School of Medicine of Ningbo University. Up till now, as the only smoking cessation clinic in Ningbo, it has received more than 1,000 patients who seek professional help in their struggle to quit smoking.

Dr. Chen Zhongbo is a full-time doctor in the smoking cessation clinic. Having treated many smokers, he agreed that the temptation to smoke is hard to resist in the stressful society today.

"While smoking is a common practice Today, more and more people, with a higher level of education, are aware of the need for smoking quitting. The trend is reflected by the increasing patients seeking help in hospital. However, to quit smoking, people need time and a better surrounding. "

According to Dr. Chen, there are two ways to quit smoking. One is to kick the habit with one’s willpower. It is hard for most smokers although some patients successfully do so.

Another way is seeking medical aid, which combines the psychological, behavioral, and drug treatment. So far, it is proved to be more scientific and effective.

"Most patients coming to our clinic are white collars and business people. Their stress-ridden lifestyle makes cigarettes a necessity in their daily life. To help them, we first make them believe they can quit smoking. Then we carry out certain behavioral therapy according to their life and working style, but this is not enough for chain smokers, who need the third treatment: medication. " said Dr. Chen.

Currently, there are three kinds of drugs for smoking cessation treatment, namely, the nicotine patches, the bupropion tablets and the varenicline tablets. However, nicotine patches may lead to addiction and bupropion is not suitable for people with mental disorder, so most doctors recommend varenicline tablets.

"Varenicline tablets treatment requires a 3-month term for its first stage. A patient can quit smoking within 3 to 6 months if he/she can maintain a regular schedule and stable mood while avoiding caffeine or alcohol. "According to Dr. Chen, the ability of varenicline to help relieve the craving for nicotine can contribute to its relatively high efficacy in treating smokers

Great progress made in integration of urban and rural healthcare resources

The resource integration of urban and rural healthcare resources benefits not only the government and the medical institutions but the patients as well. Yuyao is the first city to test the water. Without any extra financial aid, the city has built medical imaging center, inspection center, disinfection center, guidance center on chronic illness and procurement center, efficiently coordinating healthcare resources in urban and rural areas. Under the reform, the number of patients who have to undergo a repeat examination has dropped by about 12 percentage points, saving 14.4 million yuan, or 11% of the total medical cost.

According to information sources, the integration of health care resources of certain areas will be further promoted. Pilot program of ECG tele-consultation has started in Yuyao, Yinzhou, and Beilun, and shall be popularized in the whole city if successful.

Through purchase of service contracting, the municipal government aims to make full use of existing basic health care resources, taking community health service station and village clinics into the integrated management. A month ago, Ningbo set up the country's first Centre for Clinical and Pathological Diagnosis, thus kicking off medical resources integration at the municipal level. The center has been on trial operation for 5 months and led to improvements such as more accurate pathological diagnosis, shortened report time. In addition, daily diagnosis is proved to be 1.5 times the amount of the past

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