The Celestial Empire is making every effort to increase the birth rate
03.03.2022 52 просмотров
Watch the China Panorama news program on the Greater Asia TV channel (Issue 43):
- Temporary hospital built in Hong Kong in one week
- Winter Games Infrastructure Tailored for Paralympic Athletes
- China Committed to Increasing Birth Rate
Temporary hospital built in Hong Kong in one week
Construction of a mobile hospital in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region was completed in just one week. This is the first structure built there since the start of the fifth wave of COVID-19 infections in the region.
The hospital is a system of modular boxes with the necessary furniture, air conditioners, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers installed in each room. After commissioning, the hospital will be able to receive about 4,000 patients.
Zhang Ming, employee of a construction company:
“Construction began in February and took only seven days to complete. We worked day and night. And, despite the difficulties, they did everything on time.”
While touring the hospital, Carrie Lam, head of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, noted that the commissioning of the hospital would be an important tool in fight against coronavirus in the region.
New knowledge should also help in the fight against the disease: representatives of the National Health Commission, specialists in the fight against epidemics, arrived in Hong Kong. They shared with local medical professionals their experience in intensive care for patients with coronavirus, as well as information on ways to reduce the number of infections and death rates in a pandemic.
Winter Games infrastructure adapted for Paralympic athletes
The main objects of the Beijing Winter Paralympics are sports. But others are also important, without which it is impossible to imagine holding the Games. This is the main media center, award sites, clinics, and other places where athletes will be.
More than 3000 accredited reporters from all over the world cover the event, the media center is open for them from 7 am and until midnight every day.
Li Xin, an employee of the Main Media Center:
« The main media center of the Winter Paralympic Games is the headquarters of the media accredited for the duration of the event. It is he who will be the center for disseminating information about everything related to the Games. During all these days, we will provide services at the same level as during the Winter Olympics”.
There are four halls in the Main Media Center for press conferences. All halls are equipped with ramps. Other venues are also IPC compliant. The awards venues in Yanqing District and Zhangjiakou City in Hebei Province recently honored Olympic winners and medalists, and now these areas have been refurbished to welcome Paralympic athletes.
Yang Ning, award ceremony manager in Zhangjiakou City:
“We rehearsed the award ceremony every god day, preparing for every possible scenario and every athlete who will be awarded.”
Polyclinics of the Paralympic Villages work around the clock and provide additional medical services. A zone for servicing wheelchairs, prostheses and orthoses for athletes has also been put into operation.
China is making every effort to increase the birth rate
China is making efforts to stop the declining birth rate. The main measures are assisted reproductive technologies and reimbursement of expenses for these medical services from the state budget.
The latest population census showed that by the end of 2020, just under one and a half billion people lived in China. People aged sixty and over make up almost twenty percent of the total population. The declining birth rate over the past five years, combined with an aging population, could lead to major changes in China's demographic structure. The country's total population is projected to decline by the end of this decade. To prevent this from happening, the Central Government of the country took measures to increase the birth rate.
The One Family, Two Children policy in 2016 ended the one-child policy that had existed since the late 1970s. And in 2021, a three-child policy was introduced across China.
To help more couples become parents, Beijing announced the inclusion of 16 types of assisted reproductive technologies in public health insurance.
Shen Huan, director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine, Peking University:
“Age is a very important factor in the treatment of infertility. The sooner treatment begins, the higher the chance of success. Part of the cost of assisted reproductive technologies will be covered by medical insurance, and part will be covered by the patient.”
China encourages young couples to have more children also through other measures. The government is lowering housing prices, spending on education and health care, and improving maternity leave policies for women.
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