above living with chronic diseases in China. Of those, 44 million
were fully or partially disabled and in need of regular nursing services, she said.
“With more nurses and nurse’s aides, the demand for nursing services from the elderly will be gradually met,” she said.
The commission will also encourage community health centers to provide more nursin
g services for the elderly in neighborhoods, Jiao said. They would include more beds and setting up day-care centers.
Regulations will also be released to encourage community health centers to pro
vide beds to the elderly at home, so family doctors can provide treatment there, she said.
“The disabled, whether fully or partial, will be the priority in nursing services,” Jiao sa
id. “We will release a detailed standard for evaluating nursing services for the disabled elderly
ity in nursing services,” Jiao said. “We will release a detailed standard for evaluating nursing services for the disab
led elderly population, including psychological needs, so the services will aim precisely at those most in need,” she said.
Xi Huan, vice-president of Beijing Hospital, said major medical institutions need to m
ake more efforts to improve services for the elderly, including the promotion of disease prevention edu
cation and increased follow-up visits for elderly patients who have been discharged from the hospital.
“Big hospitals should provide more help for elderly patients, and more follow-up nursing services after they leave the ho
spital, so they can get timely help if problems occur at home or at community health centers,” he said.
Concern over the recent escalation of tensions between Palestinians and Israelis have been temporarily relieved after Palestin
ian leaders in Gaza agreed a cease-fire with Israel early on Monday. Right now, nothing is more important than u
pholding the cease-fire as the atmosphere between the two rivals has not been so combustible since 2014.
Since Friday, militant groups in Gaza have fired more than 600 rockets a
nd other projectiles at southern Israeli cities and villages, killing four Israeli civilians, wit
h Israel retaliating with air and artillery strikes, killing 27 people, including 14 civilians, in Gaza.
The latest border clashes, the most deadly since 2014, have occurred against the backdrop of the changing Middle East po
licy of the United States, which has seen the US drop any pretense of impartiality and make clear its support of Israel.