BEIJING, April 28 (Xinhua) -- China will more than double its number of nurses to 4.45 million by 2020, according to a ten-year training blueprint published by the Ministry of Health on Thursday.
The ministry is set to train more pediatricians, psychiatrists,pharmacists, nurses and health supervision personnel from 2011 to 2020, as demand for more medical professionals continues to increase, the blueprint said.
The number of pharmacists is expected to hit 550,000 by 2015 and reach 850,000 by 2020,the blueprint says, adding that the current shortage of nurses and other medical professionals will be eliminated by 2020.
More than 4.6 million health and medical professionals will be working in China's smaller communities by 2020, it says.
China had 7.78 million health and medical professionals by the end of 2009. For every 1,000 Chinese citizens, there are 1.75 doctors and 1.39 nurses, according to statistics released by the ministry.