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City counseling services on antibiotics use and pregnancy win awards

SHANGHAI’S educational program on reasonable use of antibiotics and its pre-pregnancy consultations and checks were recognized with the first- and second-place prizes, respectively, in the city's scientific education and promotion awards.

The Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission made the announcement today.

The education program on the harm caused by antibiotics abuse improved local people's awareness and reduced the use of antibiotics, officials said.

The city's purchase of antibiotics in 2011 dropped by 434 million yuan (US$70 million) from 2010. Purchases dropped 1.873 billion yuan between 2012 and 2010.

The program offering free pre-pregnancy consultation and checks covered 25,000 couples in 2012. Another 50,000 couples paid for checks at local hospitals.

Among the couples undergoing consultation and checks, 32 percent of women had a history of pregnancy or child delivery, while 40 percent had a history of pregnancy problems like miscarriage and premature delivery.

About 61 percent of women said they were exposed to passive smoking, 10 percent had risk factors like close contact with dogs and cats, and 15 percent had a family history of disease, mainly diabetes.

About 33 percent of the men were smokers.

Noise was considered a major risk factor in the environment and a high percentage of the women were overweight.

All the couples received counseling on lifestyle changes recommended before getting pregnant.


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