Polyclinic in China with a close Singapore connection

The Fujian (Xiamen)-Singapore Friendship Polyclinic, set up in 2011, offers traditional Chinese medicine treatments such as cupping and acupuncture. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited the clinic yesterday.
The Fujian (Xiamen)-Singapore Friendship Polyclinic, set up in 2011, offers traditional Chinese medicine treatments such as cupping and acupuncture. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited the clinic yesterday.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

XIAMEN (Fujian) • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited a polyclinic yesterday. Not just any polyclinic, but the first set up jointly by Singapore and China, back in 2011.

At the Fujian (Xiamen)-Singapore Friendship Polyclinic, Mr Lee walked the wards, saw patients undergoing traditional Chinese medicine treatments such as cupping and acupuncture, and was briefed on the polyclinic's set-up.

The health facility was built with nearly 10 million yuan (S$2 million) raised by Singaporeans and the Xiamen municipal government, which granted 2,000 sq m of land for it.

Singapore architect Liu Thai Ker designed it for free, while the Temasek Foundation donated $650,000 for a staff training programme.

 
 
 

The polyclinic was set up to support China's push to improve public healthcare, which is among the government's top national priorities.

Lim Yan Liang

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 22, 2017, with the headline 'Polyclinic in China with a close S'pore connection'. Print Edition | Subscribe