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Free obstetric health checks for migrants

ALL migrant women will be able to receive free obstetric checkups under a project launched by the Shanghai Federation of Trade Unions and a local hospital yesterday, the International Women's Day.

Those working in local companies can contact their trade union to arrange an examination, while individual women can call the No. 411 Hospital of the People's Liberation Army to make an appointment.

It is the first such project specifically covering the reproductive health of migrant women.

"For those found to have obstetric cancers, we will require the hospital to work out an appropriate and economic treatment plan and organize social donation to help those with real financial difficulties," said Wang Lanjie, director of the federation's female workers' commission. "Education for migrant women on reproductive health and proper care is also included in the project."

Medical experts said migrant women have a high incidence of obstetric diseases due to poor personal hygiene, low awareness of risks, not receiving regular checkups and not visiting doctors in time.

No. 411 hospital cooperated with the Shanghai Population and Family Planning Education Center to launch obstetric screening on 5,488 migrant women last year.

Eighty-five percent of the women between 35 and 55 years old were found to have obstetric diseases. About 45 percent of women between 25 and 55 years old were found to have cervical diseases, including three cases of cervical cancer.

"Migrant women have poor understanding of health protection," said Dr Zhang Zhengrong from the hospital. "None of those who came in for last year's screening had been having regular, yearly obstetric checkups."


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