BEIJING, Nov. 5, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Dehaier Medical Systems Ltd. (Nasdaq: DHRM) ("Dehaier" or the "Company"), an emerging leader in the development, assembly, marketing and sale of medical devices and homecare medical products in China, today announced that it has won a $2 million medical device distribution bid for a new rural healthcare construction project supported by China Development Bank Corp ("CDB").
CDB is a major Chinese state-owned bank focused on supporting China's national infrastructure development initiatives, basic industries, and pillar industries. In support of the State Council's "Agriculture, Farmer and Village" policy to improve rural living conditions, CDB has earmarked approximately $1.5 billion in loans each year since 2007 to implement national rural healthcare initiatives and upgrade medical institutions in nearly 2,900 counties, cities and districts across China. Under the terms of the contract, Dehaier will cooperate with Philips Medical Systems, Olympus Corporation of Japan, and many other companies to distribute medical devices to the new healthcare facility.
Mr. Ping Chen, CEO of Dehaier, stated, "We are pleased to be awarded this new healthcare construction project supported by the China Development Bank. With the advancement of China's healthcare reform plan driving the construction of primary healthcare facilities, we believe the nation's rural areas are a huge market with tremendous potential. Winning this project gives Dehaier entry into the basic-level medical care market. We expect to obtain more projects within this optimal environment."
The Chinese central government plans to spend nearly $125 billion on healthcare reform from 2009 through 2011. The funding will support the construction of 2,000 county-level hospitals and 29,000 township hospitals, as well as upgrades for 5,000 township hospitals. Accordi