China News Service, Beijing, April 7 (Reporter Wang Kai) As early as the 1950s, Mao Zedong once said, "I can be Minister of Health."
There are so many national ministries and commissions, but he has never said that he can be another minister, which shows how much he attaches importance to medical and health and people’s health.
In fact, as early as during the Revolutionary War, Mao Zedong had already attached great importance to health work.
During the struggle in the Jiangxi Revolutionary Base, Mao Zedong regarded "building a better Red Army hospital" as one of the three ways to consolidate the base.
During the Yan'an period, Mao Zedong proposed that "each township should have a small medical office" in the border area.
In response to the epidemic at that time, he also particularly emphasized that both the role of Western medicine and the role of Chinese medicine should be brought into play. He said jokingly that the two types of doctors should do a good job of a "united front."
In the early days of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, a hundred wastes were waiting for renewal. Due to historical reasons, there were still many problems with the health of the masses.
Naturally, Mao Zedong saw it in his eyes and was anxious, and he repeatedly emphasized that health work is a major event that affects the life, old age, illness, and death of the people across the country.
It has been raised to the height of "transforming the country" and to the height of patriotism.
After the founding of New China, Mao Zedong promoted the development of a patriotic health campaign, fought a people's war to eliminate infectious diseases such as schistosomiasis, leprosy, malaria, plague, cholera, and achieved historic achievements in disease prevention and control.
In the old society, the scene of "Thousand Village Ficus pumila" being left behind, thousands of Xiaoshu ghosts singing" is gone forever.
Mao Zedong was even more anxious about the shortage of medicines and medicines in rural areas and peasants, and even got angry when facing the Minister of Health.
On June 26, 1965, Mao Zedong heard a report from the Minister of Health Qian Xinzhong and learned that 90% of senior medical staff in the country are in cities, 70% of which are in big cities, 20% in counties, and only 10% in rural areas; the use of medical funds Rural areas account for only 25%, while cities account for 75%.
Mao Zedong said sternly that the majority of farmers have no access to medical care, no medical care, and no medicine. The Ministry of Health should be changed to the Ministry of Urban Health or the Ministry of Health.
Mao Zedong instructed that the focus of medical and health work should be placed in the rural areas, and a large number of doctors who "the rural areas can afford" should be trained.
With the implementation of the "626 Directive", "barefoot doctors" and the establishment of a three-level rural medical system have effectively solved the problem of farmers' medical care and medicine.
In fact, not only Mao Zedong, but also Communists from generation to generation have regarded protecting the lives and health of the masses as one of the most important tasks.
The reason is simple. As a party member, you must wholeheartedly practice the purpose of serving the people, and health is precisely one of the core concerns of the people.
It is precisely because of this that when the new crown pneumonia epidemic hit violently, countless party members and cadres took the lead and rushed to the front line of the anti-epidemic resolutely, charging into the front line fearlessly retrograde.
The Chinese Communist Party has united and led the people of all ethnic groups across the country and achieved major strategic results in the fight against the new crown pneumonia epidemic. The anti-epidemic spirit has also become an important spiritual wealth for the Communists and the entire Chinese nation.
People's health is an important symbol of national prosperity and national prosperity.
Looking to the future, it is clearly stated in the "14th Five-Year Plan" and the 2035 long-term goal outline that the protection of people's health is a strategic priority for development.
On the road to a moderately prosperous life, the phrase “without the health of the whole people, there is no comprehensive well-off” has been familiar to everyone; while on the new journey, we will comprehensively promote the construction of a healthy China, so that the people can enjoy a better all-round life. Periodic health services are still one of the most important "task lists" for communists.