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Residents live longer, healthier lives

THE average life expectancy in Shanghai was 83.63 years of age last year, rising from the previous year’s 83.37, the Shanghai Health Commission revealed yesterday.

The average life expectancy for local female residents is 86.08 years, while it is 81.25 for men.

Maternal mortality also sat at a record low of 1.15 deaths per 100,000, while infant mortality was 3.52 per 1,000 babies.

These figures, which are statistical indexes used by the World Health Organization to measure health levels and medical capabilities for regions, have remained in a leading position across China and in line with developed countries for more than a decade, the commission said.

It added that a public health network targeting disease prevention and control, a community-based health management system and high-end clinical resources are all important.

Shanghai residents can receive 42 basic public health services, while more than 99 percent of children are covered by the mandatory vaccination plan.

As a result, the city is able to keep the prevalence of major infectious diseases at a low level.

A network of critical care for pregnant women and newborn babies has been established in the city to carry out hospital transfers and organize group consultations and emergency rescues.

The city also introduced a management system to give pregnant women different levels of monitoring to ensure their health.

To build the city into an Asian medical center, Shanghai has introduced a new plan to further improve the capability of leading major facilities and perfect a three-tier health service system with 5,272 medical facilities.

Shanghai has been promoting the services of general practitioners to give better service near patients’ homes. So far, more than 6.7 million residents have visited their GPs at neighborhood health centers.

To enhance emergency treatment, Shanghai is perfecting a system covering air, waterways and roads.

At present, there is one ambulance for every 30,000 residents, and they can reach patients within 12 minutes on average.

Wu Jinglei, director of the Shanghai Health Commission, said the city will build a GP-based community health system, perfect the reform of public health hospitals, and create a disease prevention and control network. The city will also allocate more health resources for the elderly and cancer sufferers.


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