BEIJING, October 16 — The construction of the China-Pakistan Health Corridor and the cooperation between China and Pakistan in the field of health can directly affect the residents’ livelihood in Pakistan, Cheng Xizhong, visiting professor at the Southwest University of Political Science benefit. and Law said Friday.
‘China-Pakistan Health Corridor is a very good concept. Initially, we were dedicated to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Later, the economic corridor expanded to the cultural corridor and the tourism corridor. Now we are talking about the China-Pakistan Health Corridor, ” he said in his article published by China Economic Net (CEN).
Prof Cheng, also a senior fellow of the Charhar Institute, believed there would be other corridors in the coming days. “It shows that the China-Pakistan economic corridor is constantly enriching and developing.” ??
He said the establishment of the China-Pakistan Health Corridor and the cooperation between China and Pakistan in the field of health could directly benefit the people’s livelihood in Pakistan, adding: ‘It shows that the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is becoming more and more pragmatic. ”??
In his impression, China and Pakistan have worked together for years in the field of health. As early as 2006, the health authorities of China and Pakistan signed a co-operation document in the field of health, stating that the two parties will strengthen co-operation in the fields of clinical training, traditional medicine, public health, prevention of viral diseases. and surveillance of infectious diseases.
This year, the new coronavirus pneumonia has spread unprecedentedly worldwide. For joint prevention, control and treatment, the central governments, local governments, medical institutions, enterprises and non-governmental organizations of China and Pakistan have worked closely together, fully reflecting the special friendly relationship between the two countries.
In building the China-Pakistan Health Corridor, he called for two initiatives to be played out in full: one is the initiative of the governments; the other was the initiative of medical institutions. In addition to the efforts of the two governments, the medical institutions of China and Pakistan need to work closely together.
Recently, he noticed information from the media that Chinese and Pakistani companies would jointly set up a medical laboratory. The incidence of cancer in Pakistan was very high, especially in lung cancer and liver cancer. However, due to the current medical and health conditions in Pakistan, patients could not be treated properly.
As a result, the strategic agreement between China and Pakistan on precise medical laboratory for cancer was signed in Beijing last month.
Under the agreement, Beijing Anlong Gene Medicine Technology Company and Life Rehealth Technology Pakistan will jointly set up a medical laboratory for cancer precision.
Under this framework, Chinese and Pakistani companies will jointly conduct research on cancer, and Chinese companies will share medical technology with their Pakistani partners.
He said another important content for the China-Pakistan Health Corridor was the development of medical tourism industry. “Medical tourism refers to tourists choosing suitable tourist destinations according to their own circumstances and doctor’s advice, and enjoying effective health management to have good health.” ??
The global medical tourism industry had less than $ 10 billion in 2000, and revenue increased to $ 700 billion in 2017. In recent years, it has maintained an annual growth rate of 20% and has become the fastest-growing industry in the world.
He said: ‘Both China and Pakistan have rich medical tourism resources.
If the medical tourism industry is strongly developed, it will not only improve people’s physical and mental health, but also be conducive to the development of the national economy. ”??
From 13 to 15 November this year, China will hold an international medical tourism exhibition in Hainan.