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City sets a record for longer life

By Cai Wenjun  (Shanghai Daily)

09:46, February 21, 2012

Babies born in Shanghai last year can expect to live to the ripe old age of 82.51 on average, a national record, the Shanghai Health Bureau said yesterday in a report on the city's health services.

Life expectancy has been climbing steadily from 81.73 years in 2009 to 82.13 in 2010 and 82.51 last year.

The figure for males is 80.23 years and for females 84.80.

Nationwide, life expectancy is an average of around 73 years.

Meanwhile, the city's maternal mortality fell from 9.61 per 100,000 in 2010 to 7.36 per 100,000 last year, figures on a par with developed countries.

Infant mortality also dropped to 5.70 per 1,000 from 5.97 in 2010 and 6.58 in 2009 due to improved health care, wider coverage of health education and increased awareness of prenatal care.

The health bureau said that life expectancy and maternal and infant mortality rates were the main indicators of the level of medical services and living standards.

"Shanghai equals developed countries and regions in all these indicators," said Song Guofan, a bureau official who attributed the figures to improvements in the city's health services and continuing reform.

Last year, Shanghai promoted reforms aimed at ensuring fair access to basic health care.

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