Friday, 29 November 2013

Pregnancy screening program set up in western and inland provinces

A program to help pregnant women get better healthcare and prevent birth defects has been launched.
The program plans to establish 22 training centers in 11 central and western provinces to improve ultrasound diagnosis, especially by doctors in far-flung areas.
Initiated by the China Medical Foundation and Samsung Electronics, the program was launched in Guiyang, capital of Guizhou province, in early November.
Pregnant women in these areas will have better facilities and diagnosis, said He Pijie, director general of the China Medical Foundation.
Statistics from China's Birth Defects Prevention Report in 2012 shows that nearly 150 out of every 10,000 infants had congenital defects in China. The report also indicates that birth defects not only cause disability but also become a leading cause of death among Chinese infants.
"Especially in China's central and west regions, the lack of fundamental equipment and doctors with proper experience are causing even higher death rates for infants," He explained.
Source: Peoples Daily

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