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Hainan eyes future in medical tourism

Beijing: Tropical Hainan province, long renowned for its beachfront resorts and tourist hot spots, is building itself into a healthcare hub with a special focus on expectant mothers, according to its governor.

“We plan to recruit 100 obstetricians and gynaecologists and 100 pediatricians this year by offering high salaries and establishing professional maternity centres,” said Governor Liu Cigui on the sidelines of the ongoing annual session of the National People’s Congress, the national legislature.

He said the province also has plans to offer high-quality educational facilities by investing 50 million yuan (RM32.2mil) each year in recruiting school principals and teachers from across China.

“We are working on improving the medical and education sectors,” he said. “Hainan will build first-class hospitals, kindergartens, primary schools and middle schools in every county, to cater for everyone.”

As part of the province’s 13th-Five-Year Plan (2016-20), five health­care centres are set to be built. — China Daily/Asia News Network