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Beijing Makes Large Strides in Reducing Mortality Rates of Pregnant Women, Children
Source:Chinese Women's Research Network | Release Date:2018-8-7-
Title: Beijing Makes Large Strides in Reducing Mortality Rates of Pregnant Women, Children
Author: Liu Yang
Source: China Women's News
Release Date: 2018/8/7
Keyword: Beijing, Mortality Rates, Pregnant Women
 

The mortality rate of pregnant women dropped in Beijing in 2017, according to a health report of local residents released by the Beijing Municipal Government on July 11. About 5.7 pregnant women in every 100,000 died, a decrease of 31.9 percent from 2016.

The report also found that the mortality rate for children under five was 2.64 per thousand in 2017, down 1.1 percent from 2016.

It is the ninth consecutive year that the capital city has published such a report on local residents' health status and the development of hygienic and health affairs, said a spokesperson of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning during a news conference on the same day.

The report covered the city's basic population information, infectious diseases, chronic non-communicable diseases, the conditions of physically-impaired people, patients with mental health issues, the health status of children and teenagers, nutritional health, medical services and environment.

The overall health of residents in Beijing kept improving last year, with life expectancy for local residents reaching 82.15 years, an increase of 0.12 years over 2016. In addition, the premature death rate for major chronic diseases of people aged 30-70 was 10.8 percent in 2017, a decrease of 0.92 percent from 2016.

Experts attribute the continual rise of local residents' life expectancy to the improvement of living environments, medical services, air quality, foods and drinking water.

Meanwhile, other major indexes for health also improved in Beijing last year.

Last year, the overall health and average height of local students in elementary and middle schools saw continual improvement, compared with 2016. Statistics show that 93 percent of them passed a test to measure the qualification of their physical health in 2017. Furthermore, the gap between rural students and their urban peers in their height became much closer.

The report also noted that the city had made remarkable progress in improving the eyesight of local students, though there were no differences between the percentages of them plagued with short-sightedness from 2016 to 2017.

(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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