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A teenager in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region died of A/H1N1 influenza Tuesday, after at least eight Chinese nationals had fallen victims to the virus on the mainland.
The 14-year-old school student surnamed Guo, of Fuyun County in Altay Prefecture, was treated at local clinics for a fever on Oct.30. He was transferred to the Fuyun People’s Hospital Tuesday, but later died, said the regional health department.

Tests on Wednesday showed Guo died of A/H1N1, viral pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome, the department said.

Eight deaths from A/H1N1 had earlier been reported from Beijing, Tibet, Qinghai, Xinjiang, Heilongjiang, Guangxi, Hunan and Zhejiang.

In the eighth case, a 60-year-old man in Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, died Tuesday as he was recovering from the flu two days after tests showed negative.

“The flu also worsened his heart disease, high blood pressure and chronic bronchitis which directly caused the death,” said Ma Weihang, deputy head of Zhejiang Provincial Health Department.

A 32-year-old Russian man died of the virus in Beijing Monday. He arrived from Russia on Oct. 28 by air and went to hospital on Sunday with severe breathing difficulties and other symptoms.

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The Chinese mainland is seeing an increasing number of cases of the A/H1N1 flu. So far, 8 people died after contracting the virus. Many public sectors around the country are doing their best to combat the growing threat.

In Beijing, subway workers have been disinfecting facilities five times a day. And ventilation systems at newly built subway lines are working through the night. Each train is disinfected at least once a day.

In Sichuan province, people are receiving the vaccine, including many areas that were affected by last year’s earthquake.

In the municipality of Chongqing, health sectors are supplying 2 tons of traditional Chinese medicine for residents. All are free of charge.

In Shandong province, health officials have offered tips to combat the flu.

Yang Hong, Dietician of Qingdao Haici Hospital, said, “Stewed mutton is not only delicious, but can also keep out the cold and increase people’s resistance to diseases. Eating more fish, meat, eggs and milk, and boiling vinegar for disinfection, are all effective ways of preventing transmission.”

In Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous region, department stores have stopped their central air-conditioners. They have turned on electric fans and are opening more windows and doors to keep fresh air circulating.

People are also coming up with their own ways to protect themselves against the virus.

A resident said, “We often wash our hands as well as the children’s. It’s not terrible.”

In southwestern Yunnan province, the local disease control center has strengthened quarantine and inspection measures at border checkpoints. It has printed health declaration cards and informative materials in various languages for the convenience of people entering the country.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a new prescription for health as medical institutions will now be required to bolster their TCM departments.

A circular released yesterday by the State Council ordered local governments to include hospitals for traditional medicine in their health service networks.

It also requires health institutions to improve TCM training, facilities and medicines.

“Every community health service station and village health clinic should be able to offer TCM services,” the circular said.

Governments at various levels will increase investment in public hospitals for traditional medicine to improve facilities, support research and train doctors.

“The guideline plays an important part in playing up the use of TCM in the recent medical reform,” Wang Guoqiang, director of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine said yesterday in a written reply to China Daily.

“It will boost TCM development with concrete support from governments at all levels.”

One of the highlights is that “the circular positions TCM equally with western medicines in legal status, academic development and in practice,” said Wang, who is also vice-minister of health.

“Traditional medicines have outstanding advantages. They cost much less than western medicines,” Professor Ha Xiaoxian from Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine was quoted by Xinhua as saying.

“They will fit in with the health service in rural areas and communities.”

In the circular, the State Council said traditional medicines will be included with the State’s basic medicines and traditional medicine hospitals will be in the list of designated hospitals under the country’s basic health insurance programs for both rural and urban residents.

The government will welcome private investors to invest in hospitals or pharmacies for traditional medicine.

It also encourages veteran doctors to open their own clinics and allows doctors to work at dispensing shops that sell traditional medicines.

According to the circular, the government plans to register ancient medical books, develop a catalog and set up a digital database for them.

The government also encourages apprenticeships for training doctors as an alternative to medical schools, especially in rural areas.

Traditional Chinese medicine has unique theories and practices such as herbal medicines, acupuncture, massage and dietary therapy, independent from western medicine.

For some time, it was pushed to the side as many of its theories could not be explained by modern medicine, but it has recently become popular among Chinese as an alternative way to keep fit.

“Traditional medicine performs well in treating chronic diseases and its theories help people develop healthy life styles,” Ha said.