Tibet to provide centralized nursing care for impoverished elderly

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By Daqiong and Palden Nyima in Lhasa | chinadaily.com.cn | Update: 2021-09-17 16:08

File photo taken on October 30, 2012, showing a doctor treating a shepherd. [Photo/Xinhua]

The Tibet Autonomous Region provides centralized nursing services to the elderly suffering from illness and living in extreme poverty, the Tibet Daily reported.

During the period of the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20), more than 230 million yuan ($ 36 million) was spent on the construction of centralized nursing centers in the region.

Twenty-eight nursing homes have been reconstructed, expanded, maintained and renovated. The centers are equipped with oxygen supply, heating and firefighting facilities and an ecological sun room.

In the past five years, there were more than 10,700 beds in the 88 nursing homes in the region. More than 6,600 elderly people in need of medical care but having financial difficulties have been accommodated in these centers.

During the period, more than one billion yuan was spent on the support and operation of nursing centers. The annual subsidy for the elderly receiving nursing care increased from 9,984 yuan per person in 2016 to 14,196 yuan per person in 2021, an increase of 70%.

According to data from the Seventh National Census, 401,600 people in the region are between the ages of 50 and 59, more than 11% of the region’s total population.

The region has 310,800 people over the age of 60, or 8.52% of its total population.


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