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Mentally ill people put on database

LOCAL health authorities and police have set up a database of people with serious mental health problems in order to improve patient management and therapy arrangements, officials from the Shanghai Health Bureau said yesterday.

According to the database, which was established this year, Shanghai is home to some 118,000 people with serious mental illness.

About 96 percent of this group has undergone risk appraisal and received appropriate treatment.

Due to good administration, incidents involving people with serious mental illness dropped 50 percent during the World Expo between May and October, said officials. The city handled 159 such incidents, but none were serious.

"The database lets us manage patients better," said Song Guofan of the health bureau.


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