BEIJING, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- A number of Chinese authorities have launched initiatives to improve education, health care and other public services in the Communist Party of China's (CPC) ongoing education campaign themed "staying true to our founding mission," according to China's top anti-graft body.
The CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervisory Commission said in a statement that they had led the 15 authorities, including the ministries of education and civil affairs and the National Health Commission, to deal with a series of problems regarding the public wellbeing.
As a result of this work, the number of students who drop out of their compulsory education, which covers primary school and junior high school in China, in the country's 832 national-level impoverished counties has dropped from 290,000 at the end of May to 65,000.
Medical personnel have been dispatched to 4,993 villages that had no qualified doctors and 578,000 poor people have been provided access to safe drinking water, said the statement.
The authorities have also made efforts to ease the burden of disease treatment. In July, 10 pediatric blood disorders and cancers including aplastic anemia and hemophilia were included in an assistance program, which is expected to benefit 60,000 children every year.