Wu Hao oversees epidemic prevention and control in Shijiazhuang, Hebei, in January. Photo: Fangzhuang Community Health Service Center
Wu Hao, head of a Beijing Community Health Services Center and a leading expert on disease control at the community level during the first fight against COVID-19 in Wuhan, Hubei Province of Central China, has recently been awarded the WHO Sasakawa Award 2021 during the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.
“This is a great inspiration to me, my team. More importantly, it is a great recognition to the health workers of the Chinese community,” Wu told the Global Times on Sunday.
“Dr Wu has dedicated his career to improving community health and integrating the use of technology to ensure more people can access care close to home,” the WHO said in a tweet on Friday. . According to the WHO website, a statuette and a sum of $ 30,000 will be awarded.
Wu, head of the Fangzhuang Health Services Center in Fengtai District, awarded the award to his team, which has spared no effort to help people in rural areas access basic medical treatment.
Photo: WHO tweet screenshot
The Sasakawa Prize was established in 1984. Wu is the third Chinese person to win the award, after Dr. Niu Dongping in 1989 and Dr. Du Xueping in 2010.
One of his most notable accomplishments is using artificial intelligence (AI) technology to help physicians in towns, counties, and residential communities better diagnose diseases and keep in touch with their patients.
The artificial intelligence technology he mentioned is an “intelligent system” that integrates elements such as electronic patient health records, feedback from portable devices that measure vital information such as blood pressure and the use of mobile applications and text messaging and links other relevant institutions for referrals.
This allows physicians to remotely assess and monitor patients, classify patient conditions, mark priority patients, and send reminders and relevant information.
According to the WHO, in the eleven years Wu has run the center, its outpatient volume has increased from less than 110,000 to 440,000 today. The center, which has only 25 GPs and a team of nurses, has transformed the way community health is practiced in the capital region, especially in the treatment of chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.
Photo: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweet screenshot
Wu also pioneered a concept of smart collaboration optimized for GPs, an integrated human-centered, information-based service for GPs. Its community health service institution was the first to be established in Beijing.
Wu is known to many people for his contribution during the battle against the COVID-19 epidemic in Wuhan in its early days.
The month after his arrival in Wuhan on the night of February 6, he led his team to visit 258 streets, 485 communities and 136 community health service centers in Wuhan, and presented nearly 1,000 suggestions on prevention and control. community.
“The problems were that local communities were not blocked, daily waste was not treated scientifically, control measures were not reasonable and the investigation was not complete,” Wu said.
Wu was also listed as one of the 1,499 models to follow in the country’s fight against the epidemic on September 8, 2020.