(BEIJING, July 31) -- Beijing is fully prepared to offer first-rate medical services for the Olympic and Paralympic Games while continuing regular urban health care for the city's large population in the months to come, Deng Xiaohong, deputy director of Beijing Municipal Health Bureau and Dai Jianping, deputy director of BOCOG Games Services Department stated at a press conference held on Thursday.
Deng summed up preparations made by the medical sector in Beijing. First, she focused on the establishment of the emergency medical system, composed of special hospitals designated in compliance with IOC requirements. 24 medical institutions were selected to form this group, including the Emergency Medical Services and the Bo-Ai Hospital for people with disabilities. 3,223 qualified medical workers from 84 hospitals were selected and grouped into 37 teams.
A large group of blood donors have been registered and organized to guarantee that emergency clinical blood demand will be met.
"We also enhanced our disease prevention and control. In the last few years, we have improved the whole network and direct reporting network," Deng added.
Between April and October, over 300 hospitals improved their monitoring capabilities. During the Games, specially-designated hospitals will have twenty-four hour monitoring services of major diseases like fever, diarrhea, etc.
Furthermore, a monitoring system was set up in the 8 urban districts to detect food and water contamination.
Public health control was never overlooked. "We have completed the delivery of sanitation licenses for 83 venues and auxiliary establishments. We have done check-ups for 20,000 personnel working in the catering services," concluded Deng.
Dai continued with important statistics to illustrate the medical service capabilities of his department. "We have set up 157 stations, 191 ambulances, over 3,000 medical volunteers, and in the co-host venues, there are 2,061 medical volunteers, 8 athlete medical stations, 26 spectator medical stations, 19 medical stations for training grounds and 18 medical stations for non-competition venues with 24 hour services."
BOCOG has been working hard to implement high-level medical services, public health care and doping control with Chinese characteristics for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Their objective is to offer medical services of "fast response with little delay." Volunteers in the medical sector are all medical professionals, and were involved in the Good Luck Beijing sports events in 2007.
Dai finally introduced in detail the comprehensive clinic in the Olympic Village. The 3-story clinic covers an area of 3,100 square meters. On the first and second floors, there are altogether 17 medical departments, including the department of sports medicine.
The 3rd floor is reserved for the anti-doping center. 917 people make up the doping control staff, which includes 10 specialists from abroad. "When we talked about clean Games, our point is that through effective work and operation, those doping cases will be detected and penalized, so fair play will be ensured for the entire Games. In this way, it will be fair for the other athletes," said Cheng Zhiyu, head of the Anti-doping Division of BOCOG Games Services Department.