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Chinese and German Medical Experts Discuss Geriatric Diseases Online

(Correspondent Li Yunxi) The 33rd Joint Annual Meeting of CDGM & DCGM opened in Wuhan on 26, Nov. More than 100 officials, experts and scholars from the health departments of China and Germany gathered online, attending the meeting themed "Sino-German Healthcare: Challenges and Innovations" to share their experience in dealing with geriatric diseases, fighting the epidemics, hospital management, minimally invasive surgery and other global hot topics. Dr. Frank Rückert, Envoy of the German Embassy to China, also sent his video message.


Ageing population is an important trend in social development and important information marking the progress of human civilization. Facing the health problems related to the ageing society, which is common to both countries, Chinese and German medical experts discussed the issues from their respective specialties. Stroke is a common and highly prevalent cerebrovascular accident. Based on a national series of health service survey studies, Prof. Wang Wei from the Neurology Department of Tongji Hospital analyzed the trend of stroke related risk factors in the Chinese population and concluded that smoking is closely related to various chronic diseases such as stroke.


Prof. Michael Nerlich, President of the Deutsch-Chinesischen Gesellschaft für Medizin (DCGM) and President of the Trauma Hospital of the University of Regensburg, introduced the "German model" from joint implantation to care for arthritis and fractures, which are common in the ageing population.


This annual meeting was organized by the Chinesisch-Deutsche Gesellschaft für Medizin (CDGM) and DCGM, and hosted by Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science & Technology. Prof. Wang Wei, Vice President of CDGM, Executive Vice President of Huazhong University of Science & Technology and Party Secretary of Tongji Hospital, talked about the new situation and new characteristics of global population aging. CDGM experts will adhere to the health-centered approach, comprehensively implement the national strategy of actively coping with population aging, and focus on solving the real needs of the elderly in terms of services and health for the elderly.


Prof. Michael Nerlich, President of DCGM and President of the Trauma Hospital of the University of Regensburg, Germany, hoped that the epidemic would end as soon as possible and that Chinese and German experts could meet in person for academic and cultural exchanges.


As the leader of the expert group for medical treatment and prevention of COVID-19 in Hubei Province in 2020, Prof. Zhao Jianping, Director of the Department of Respiratory Medicine at Tongji Hospital, shared a topic related to the Delta variant and prevention and control through vaccination. He believed that the main prevention and control strategies for both common and variants of SARS-CoV-2 are basically the same. For the general population, wearing masks, reducing gatherings, and complete vaccination remain the best strategies for personal prevention and control. Prof. Ulf Dittmer, Director of the Institute of Virology, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, also shared the story and experience of the joint efforts of China and Germany in fighting the epidemic with the theme of "China and Germany work together to fight the epidemic".

 

Prof. Chen Anmin of Tongji Hospital, President of CDGM said, “for nearly 40 years, the two associations, having always upheld the original intention of leading medical exchange between China and Germany, guarding the health of the Chinese and German people, and promoting the economic and social development of both countries, hold a joint annual meeting every year to build a bridge of medical exchange between China and Germany, which has been highly recognized by the governments of both countries.”

 

President of Tongji Hospital Liu Jihong said, “in the future, Tongji Hospital will carry forward the tradition of medical exchange between China and Germany, continue to build a platform for the medical communities of both countries, and promote more in-depth exchange and cooperation between Chinese and German medical science and culture.”

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