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Free checks to avoid congenital deformity

PRE-PREGNANCY check will be offered free all over Shanghai starting this year after successful trials to prevent congenital anomalies, Shanghai Population and Family Planning Commission said today.

Shanghai carried out the pre-pregnancy check trial in 2007 and extended it to 11 districts last year. About 16 percent of the 7,000 or so couples who planned to have a baby were detected to have a risk of congenital anomalies last year and were given guidance on treatment and lifestyle change.

Starting this year, all couples who are registered residents in Shanghai for more than six months, including migrants, can receive a free pre-pregnancy check, including health education, risk assessment and consultation for pregnancy and child delivery.

Couples can apply for the check at their community population service stations.

Some districts will also offer congenital deformity consulting at the marriage registration office, the population officials added.


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