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Shanghai has 103,100 nursing personnel

There are 103,100 nurses in the city, or 4.24 for every 1,000 residents, higher than the national level but still lower than the average in developed countries, the Shanghai Health Commission said yesterday, International Nurses Day.

Nurses are an important force and play an essential role in the health-care industry, especially during the current fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the commission said.

Shanghai has been involved in improving the nursing service and introducing it into the entire health management system.

In addition to treatment, nurses have taken an increasing role in services such as disease prevention, rehabilitation, elderly care, mental care and hospices.

Local nursing professionals are also involved in clinical innovation. Each year, they apply for over 1,000 nursing-related patents.

Meanwhile, China had more than 4.7 million registered nurses by the end of 2020, the National Health Commission said yesterday.

The country saw 3.35 registered nurses every 1,000 people, and the ratio of doctors to nurses stood at 1:1.15, according to data from the commission.


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