Political advisors discuss improving people's health

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Wang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), presides over a bi-weekly seminar held by the CPPCC National Committee in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 8, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Tao)

BEIJING, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- Chinese national political advisors convened a bi-weekly seminar on Friday to discuss advancing the Health China initiative.

The seminar held by the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top political advisory body, was presided over by Wang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the CPPCC National Committee.

Wang stressed improving people's health in all respects with the government taking the leading role and the society offering collaboration.

A total of 12 political advisors, experts and scholars put forward their suggestions, while over 140 political advisors voiced their opinions via a mobile platform, according to a statement issued after the seminar.

They noted that while China has made remarkable progress in public health in the past decades, the health sector faces new situations and challenges, such as chronic diseases, mental health and occupational health.

Political advisors proposed shifting the focus from curing diseases to preventing them in advancing the initiative, prioritizing the efforts to raise public health awareness, and incorporating health education into the national education system.

They also proposed carrying out medical screenings, deepening medical reform, integrating health resources, and applying modern information technologies to the health sector.