MBBS in China is an article where the blogger wishes to state that, just because this is a blog of a college that belongs to Philippines, he isn’t against any particular country, religion or culture. Only facts have been stated here with credible links to prove the point. The rest is up to the reader to decide what decision to make.
MBBS in China has been woven as the cheapest and the best. Cheap may be termed as the average cost of doing MBBS in China varies between 2,10,000 to 4,80,000 plus the additional expenses of stay, food etc. So on a whole, the cost of doing MBBS in China would be 24 lacs including flight, food, ticket, stay. The total duration for doing MBBS in China is 6 years including the internship. Plus, after the course of doing MBBS in China, you will get a certificate to practice in China. These are the facts that stand for doing MBBS in China.
The Question that needs to be asked is – what is on the other side of the coin? What is it that isn’t revealed that could prove difficult for our children when they study in China?
The Queries and the consecutive answers are as follows if you are keen on doing MBBS in China:
How many people in China speaks English or rather what is the percentage of the population that speaks English in China?
How do we communicate with the Chinese population then?
Ans : Learn Mandarin or Cantonese in order to communicate with the local population. This makes practicing or conducting practical internships and MBBS classes in China a very difficult proposition since you need to know mandarin or cantonese to communicate with the locale.
How fast can I learn Mandarin or Cantonese?
Ans : To become fluent in Mandarin or Cantonese, experts estimate that it takes approximately 2,200 class hours. That is, if you put the rest of your life on hold and focused only on studying Chinese – at 5 hours of practice a day, it would take you 88 weeks minimum. But even then the problem isn’t resolved because, colloquial conversation or conversation with local population requires one person to learn the local dialect before they interact. There are close to 1.2 billion local dialects in China. So again, it depends upon where you are. You might know the local dialect of one place, but it wouldn’t help if you were to practice in another location in the same country. Another important point is that, the local dialects are never the same as the text books. This is true in every part of the world. The language you study in a text book, is never the same as that spoken.
How can not knowing Mandarin or Cantonese be negative to learn MBBS in China?
Ans : Medicine can be practiced only if you learn to interact with a patient. If a doctor is unable to understand the dialect of the patient, the diagnosis will be considered a failure which is a very dangerous situation to be in.
How is the food in China and the Food habits of the Chinese?
The Cultural shock of having to eat extremely different food doesn’t add in the long run too, but then that is still subject to one’s own adaptability so hence, we will not comment on that. The due point to be noted however, is that the Chinese are predominantly non-vegetarians. Hence, the outbreak which are mainly animal centric is easily spread and if noticed clearly makes China one of the epi centers for most of the out breaks like the coronoa virus or previously the nipah virus.
Are the Chinese Universities who facilitate MBBS in China recognized by the MCI in India?
Ans : No. The Chinese Universities who facilitate MBBS in China have to be granted approval year on year, in order to source students from India. However, in 2019, it was found that half the colleges didn’t have, half the facilities they said they had. Hence, a lot of colleges have being disqualified by the MCI. This year, in 2020 MBBS in China isn’t a great idea because there is not even one college approved by the MCI. Should you choose to still do MBBS in China, please do ensure that you get the requisite certification from MCI approving your college or university before you fly.
Epidemics have a frequent outbreak in China. What is the reason for that?
Ans : Given the country’s immense population, limited resources, and political resistance, Chinese health authorities have been unable to accurately monitor and effectively respond to a range of health concerns. An underfunded public health system, inadequate rural health services, and poor surveillance preclude efficient investment of resources to control the spread of such infections as hepatitis, syphilis, HIV, and tuberculosis and now coronavirus.
Hepatitis B and C infects upwards of 200 million Chinese. Hepatitis B infects 170 million people (14 percent of the population), while the more serious hepatitis C infects approximately 40 million (3.3 percent of the population). Hepatitis, like HIV, is spread through sexual contact, sharing of needles, improper reuse of medical equipment, and tainted blood products. While a US$4 vaccination is available for hepatitis B, coverage has been limited, running between 10 percent and 40 percent in many rural areas, despite significant foreign assistance to help cover the cost. Hepatitis B and C, which cause chronic liver disease, contribute to the overall deterioration of the population’s health, particularly when people are coinfected with diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Like many infectious diseases, patients are asymptomatic for extended periods and frequently are unaware they have the disease, leading them to inadvertently infect others.
Syphilis and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in China present a serious health problem. From 1993 to 1999, the average growth of the incidence rate was 84 percent per year. Significantly, it was found first in coastal areas and was assumed to have been imported by foreigners to cities that opened to the outside earliest. Infections then spread to rural areas. The exponential growth rate of STIs is cause for great concern for a number of reasons. STIs are hard to control due to the highly private nature of their transmission, reluctance by those infected to seek treatment and, in some cases, the absence of symptoms for long periods. STIs also facilitate the spread of other infections such as HIV/AIDS.
HIV/AIDS is estimated to infect anywhere between 1 million and 2 million Chinese and could potentially infect 15 million Chinese by 2010 if no effective measures are taken. The Chinese health care system is ill-equipped to confront the spread of HIV or treat those infected due to a lack of capacity including poor epidemiology, a lack of trained doctors, limited access to effective medication, and no national prevention or education plan.
In China, 550 million people are infected with the tubercle bacillus, with 4.5 million developing active TB and between 120,000 to 250,000 dying per year. Some 80 percent of TB sufferers in China live in rural areas, and 63 percent of them are young or middle-age, resulting in a significant economic burden to affected families. Because tuberculosis is so prevalent in poor areas and treatment is long and expensive, many patients stop taking drugs before their treatment cycle is completed, resulting in drug resistance rates approaching 30 percent, further contributing to the spread of the disease. For 15 years, the United Nations, World Bank, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and Japanese and British aid agencies have contributed to TB treatment programs in China. Despite the hundreds of millions of dollars invested, the World Health Organization claims that China still faces significant challenges in controlling TB, particularly because of the vastness of the country and its population and in terms of political commitment.
What do you mean by Coronavirus in Humans?
Ans : Coronaviruses are types of viruses that typically affect the respiratory tract of mammals, including humans. They are associated with the common cold, pneumonia, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and can also affect the gut.
What is the virus causing illness in China called?
Ans : It is a novel coronavirus – also called Covid-19 – that is to say, a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before ever before. Like other coronaviruses before, this has also originated from animals. Many of those infected either worked or frequently shopped in the Huanan seafood wholesale market in the centre of the Chinese city, where live and newly slaughtered animals are sold. New and troubling viruses usually originate in animal hosts. Ebola and flu are other examples.
What other coronaviruses have been there?
Ans : Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers) are both coronaviruses that came from animals. Although Mers is believed to be transmitted to humans from dromedaries, the original hosts for both coronaviruses were bats. In 2002, Sars spread virtually unchecked to 37 countries, causing global panic, infecting more than 8,000 people and killing more than 750. Mers appears to be less easily passed from human to human, but has greater lethality, killing 35% of about 2,500 people who were infected.
What are the symptoms caused by the Chinese coronavirus?
Ans : This virus is known to cause pneumonia. Those who have been taken ill are reported to suffer from coughs, fever and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, organ failure has being reported. As this is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use. The antiviral drugs we have against this flu is not working. If people are admitted to a hospital, they may get support for their lungs and other organs as well as fluids. Recovery will depend purely on the strength of their immune system. Many of those who have died are known to have been already in poor health.
Can the virus be transmitted from one person to another?
Ans : Human to human transmission has been confirmed by China’s main medical body – The National Health Commission. As of 29 January, the Chinese authorities have acknowledged about 6,000 cases and 132 deaths. In the past one week, the number of confirmed infections has more than tripled and cases have been found in 13 provinces, as well as the municipalities of Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing and Tianjin. The virus has also been confirmed outside China, in Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the US, and Vietnam. There have not been any confirmed cases in the UK at present, with the more than 70 people tested for the virus all proving negative. The actual number to have contracted the virus could be far higher as people with mild symptoms may not have been detected. Modelling by WHO experts at Imperial College London suggests there could be as many as 100,000 cases, with uncertainty putting the margins between 30,000 and 200,000.
How worried are the experts?
Ans : There were fears that the coronavirus might spread more widely during the week-long lunar new year holidays, which started on 24 January, when millions of Chinese travel home to celebrate, and even more travel from China to India during their course of MBBS in China, but the festivities have largely been cancelled and Wuhan and other Chinese cities are in lock-down. At the moment, it appears that people in poor health are at greatest risk, as is always the case with flu. A key concern is the range of severity of symptoms – some people appear to suffer only mild illness while others are becoming severely ill. This makes it more difficult to establish the true numbers infected and the extent of transmission between people. But the authorities are keen to stop the spread and are anxious that the virus could become more potent than it so far appears.
Why is this any worse than normal influenza?
Ans : Eighty-one deaths out of 2,827 reported cases would mean a 3% mortality rate.There is a far larger pool of people who have been infected by the virus but who have not suffered severe enough symptoms to attend hospital and so have not been counted in the data. For comparison, seasonal flu typically has a mortality rate below 1% and is thought to cause about 400,000 deaths each year globally. Sars had a death rate of more than 10%. Most important factor to ascertain is how contagious the coronavirus is. A crucial difference is that, there is no vaccine for the new coronavirus, especially those with existing respiratory or immune problems – to protect themselves. One sensible step is to get the flu vaccine, which will reduce the burden on health services if the outbreak turns into a wider epidemic.
Is it Safe to go to China now to do MBBS in China?
Ans : No, it is not safe to do MBBS in China. The mortality rate of the epidemic stands at 3%. Various cities have closed down, manufacturing and supply chains of various companies like even the BMW and the Audi are shifting out of the country. Hence, it is wise to avoid a region that is the source of the epidemic for at least two years till it is brought completely in control. In fact, India’s first corona virus case has been identified from an MBBS student who went to do MBBS in China from the Wuhan University, one of the 4 prestigious institutions in the country. The virus has claimed over 170 people in China and is spreading to other countries, alarming health experts. India has issued a travel advisory, asking people to refrain from travelling to China. Thermal screening facilities have been set up airports across the country as a precautionary measure.
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