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City helps Dujiangyan improve medical care

THE mortality rate of children under five years old has dropped from 9.32 per 1,000 to 7.52 in quake-stricken Dujiangyan in Sichuan Province due to an improved health care system that has been partly rebuilt by Shanghai health authorities.

A Shanghai health official added that no pregnant women or women who have recently given birth had died in Dujiangyan due to causes unrelated to earthquake injuries.

In addition, the average life span of people in Dujiangyan increased by more than two years to 82.76 years old in 2009 after the Shanghai Health Bureau helped the Sichuan city reconstruct its medical facilities and health care system after a devastating earthquake struck the region on May 12, 2008.

According to Xu Jianguang, director of the bureau, Dujiangyan's medical capabilities are now better than that before the earthquake as Shanghai sent special teams to support hospital reconstruction and train medical personnel.


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