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e and Technology and the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, under privileged residents in remote areas or regions inhabited by minority nationalities will mainly benefit from the arrangement.
The personnel will train about 2,300 people every year and assist in the application of new technologies, so that farmers could increase their incomes and be lifted out of poverty, according to the ministry.
About 100 scientific and technological parks will be set up in poor areas to the poverty relief effort, the ministry said.
It added entities in the eastern part of the nation, which is more developed, including institutes of higher education, scientific research units, and science and technology parks in agriculture, will be encouraged to cooperate with counterparts in the west on precision poverty relief.
Xu Nanping, vice minister of science and technology, said the move aimed to mobilize the science and technology field to play its part in the fight to eliminate poverty.
As the spread of COVID-19 is posing an especially severe challenge to the Middle East, Chinese experts are fighting alongside their Middle Eastern counterparts, and China's sharing of experience and donation of supplies have been boosting confidence and capability for the region in the fight against coronavirus.
CAIRO, March 29 -- The spread of COVID-19 is now posing an especially severe challenge to the Middle East, where chronic wars, sanctions, famine, financial collapse and political unrest have wrecked the preventive efforts against the ferocious virus.
Tens of thousands of coronavirus cases have been registered in the region so far, with the figure in Iran alone exceeding 35,000. Cases were also reported in Syria and Libya, where wars are still raging and vast multitudes of displaced people are acutely vulnerable to diseases.
At such a critical moment, some Chinese medics are fighting alongside their Middle Eastern counterparts, and China's sharing of experience and donation of supplies have been boosting confidence and capability for the region in the fight against the pandemic.
In Iraq's capital Baghdad, a new PCR (polymerase chain reaction) laboratory is ready to be put into use. The lab, recently established with the help of Chinese experts, is expected to greatly improve the war-torn country's capacity to confirm cases from suspected ones.
"The testing ability in Iraq is far from enough," said Yang Honghui, who arrived in Baghdad on March 7 as part of a seven-member Chinese medical team sent by the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC).
Previously, the Central Public Health Laboratory in Baghdad was the only place for PCR test in Iraq, with a capacity to do 200-400 tests per day, said Yang, with the DAAN Gene Co., Ltd. of Sun Yat-sen University.
The new lab, with the Chinese donation of nucleic acid test kits and other equipment, will be able to conduct some 1,000 tests per day, he added.
"This new laboratory will enhance our capability to deal with this pandemic for the residents of Baghdad who make up to about 20 percent of Iraq's population," said Asaad Mahdi, deputy director general of the Iraqi Ministry of Health.
Besides helping build the test lab, the Chinese medical team also brought medical screening equipment such as mobile X-ray and CT. They trained health workers and shared clinical guidelines and experience in case management as well as infection prevention and control.
Iran, the worst-hit country in the Middle East, also benefited from the on-spot help of the Chinese experts with the RCSC, who arrived at Tehran on Feb. 29, ten days after Iran reported its first confirmed case.
On Thursday, the Chinese medics returned to China after concluding their mission there.
"During the 27 days in Iran, we fully felt the friendship between the two peoples, and our work was widely appreciated," said team leader Zhou Xiaohang.
According to Zhou, head of the Disaster Relief and Health Department of the Shanghai Branch of the RCSC, the Ch
inese experience, including nationwide mobilization, home quarantine, and full screening and testing of suspected cases, and centralized treatment of the patients, has been applied in Iran.
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