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City's life expectancy tops 82, highest in China

SHANGHAI'S average life expectancy at birth exceeded 82 years last year, setting a new national record, the Shanghai Health Bureau said today.

The average life span of Shanghai residents was 82.13 years in 2010, compared with 81.73 in the previous year.
The city's maternal mortality rate stood at 9.61 per 100,000 last year, the same as in 2009 and close to the average of the developed nations.

The infant mortality rate, meanwhile, dropped to 5.97 per 1,000 from 6.58 in 2009.

Life expectancy, maternal and infant mortality rates are the three main indicators of a place's medical standard and people's living standard.

"All the three figures of Shanghai are in line with that in the developed countries," said Song Guofan, a Shanghai Health Bureau official, attributing it to the city's improved healthcare service and medical capability.

Shanghai reported 17,780 cases of serious infections last year, a 14.44 percent decrease from 2009, reaching a record low level.

The city also carried out a series of national health programs such as measles vaccination on 1.79 million children, subsidies for rural women giving birth in hospitals, gynecological cancer screening, and hepatitis B vaccination.

Last year, Shanghai hospitals offered 191 million outpatient and emergency services, a 10.26 percent increase from 2009, and conducted 897,900 in-patient operations.

The number of ambulance dispatches totaled 498,700 last year, according to the Shanghai Medical Emergency Center.


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