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Shanghai life expectancy rises to 82.51 years

SHANGHAI residents' average life expectancy at birth reached 82.51 years last year, setting a new national record, the Shanghai Health Bureau announced today.

The figure has been steadily climbing from 81.73 in 2009 to 82.13 in 2010 and to 82.51 last year.

Meanwhile, the city's maternal mortality rate is falling from 9.61 per 100,000 in 2010 to 7.36 per 100,000 last year, on a par with that of developed countries.

The infant mortality rate also dropped to 5.70 per 1,000 from 5.97 in 2010 and 6.58 in 2009 due to improved health care, wider coverage of health education and more awareness of prenatal care.

Life expectancy, maternal and infant mortality rates are the three main indicators of the level of medical services and people's living standard, said the Shanghai Health Bureau.

"Shanghai equals the developed countries and regions in all these indicators," said Song Guofan, a bureau official who attributed it to the city's improved healthcare services, continuing health reform, and better medical capabilities.


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