Chinese babies born with birth defects every 30 secondsNovember 14th, 2007 - 8:06 am ICT by admin
He said that of the 20 million babies born in China every year, 800,000 to 1.2 million of them are afflicted with defects.
As many as 300,000 are ‘visible deformities’, which means that birth deformities affect up to 6 percent of the children born every year on the Chinese mainland.
“A baby with defects is born every 30 seconds in China, and this situation has worsened year by year,” China Daily quoted Fan, as saying.
The statistics show that only 20 to 30 percent of these infants could be cured or treated and about 40 percent suffered lifelong deformities, while the remaining 30 to 40 percent died shortly after birth.
Jiang called for elevated State and public attention to redress the trend, which he said “directly affects China’s comprehensive national strength, its international competitiveness, sustainable socio-economic development, as well as the realization of our strategic vision to construct a full-scale well-off society”. (ANI)
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