Beijing health indicators reach level of advanced countries

15:19, April 14, 2011      

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The main indicators that comprehensively indicate the health status of Beijing residents, such as the maternal mortality rate, the infant mortality rate and the average life expectancy, have already reached the levels of advanced countries, said Fang Laiying, head of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Health, on April 13.

Fang said that the average life expectancy for Beijing residents stood at 80.8 years in 2010, the last year of the 11th Five-Year Plan period, which is an increase of 0.34 years from 2009 or 0.72 years from 2005. The maternal mortality rate stood at 12.14 deaths per 100,000 live births, a decline of about 17 from 2009 or about 24 percent from 2005. The infant mortality rate was 3.3 percent per 1,000, a decline of 6 percent from 2009 and 24 percent from 2005. These indicators have all reached the levels of advanced countries.

Beijing has made great achievements in promoting public health and safety. The incidence of class A and class B infectious diseases in the city reached nearly 269 cases per 10,000 people in 2010, down about 21 percent and 40 percent from 2009 and 2005, respectively.

Fang said that Beijing has taken many measures to promote good health and disease control. Since 2007, the city has inoculated more than 1.6 million elementary and middle school students as well as people over 60 years old against influenza, about 1.6 million children between eight months and 14 years old against measles and more than 140,000 migrant workers at 4,275 labor-intensive companies against meningitis and measles.

The "Healthy Beijinger: A 10-Year Plan to Improve People's Health" has also been effectively implemented. The city's health literacy rate rose from 43 percent in 2009 to 71 percent in 2010. Four health promotion measures, namely caring for teeth, eye exams as well as stabilizing blood pressure and losing weight, have also been successfully implemented.

Fang said that Beijing health authorities have made great efforts to improve the health of women and children. Last year, the city provided free breast cancer screenings to 12,000 women, free cervical cancer screenings to 31,000 women and free food rich in folic acid to 34,000 urban and rural pregnant women.

About 99 percent of pregnant women in surrounding rural areas gave birth in a hospital. A total of 93,000 newborns received free screenings for congenital diseases, and 447,000 preschool children between the ages of zero and six received free health checkups.

By People's Daily Online

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