The city's new three-year health plan will launch new measures
combating the growing number of AIDS cases in the city, Shanghai
health officials said yesterday.
"There were 718 new HIV carriers and 53 AIDS patients last year,
the highest amount of HIV/AIDS cases detected in one year," said
Cai Wei, vice director of Shanghai Health Bureau. "Under the plan,
authorities will further promote the use of condom machines in
entertainment venues and set up 10 clinics with narcotics
substitutes to drug addicts to prevent the spread of AIDS."
The plan also calls for a focus on emergency response, disease
prevention and control, neighborhood medical services, first aid
and health supervision.
The city will set up 20 neighborhood chronic-disease prevention
and control centers to enhance monitoring.
A neighborhood-based chronic disease management network will
also be established.
"The city will further support the development of neighborhood
health services. By 2008, the government budget for neighborhood
health care should be no less than 40 yuan (US$5.17) per resident
in the area," Cai said.
By 2009, Shanghai will have 110 first aid branches equipped with
500 ambulances, according to the plan. There are now 75 such
branches with about 300 ambulances.
Prenatal examination and diagnosis and disease screening for
newborns will also be brought in.
The plan aims to keep the mortality of pregnant women to within
10 in every 100,000, the mortality of infants to within five in
every 1,000 and children younger than five years old to within
seven in every 1,000.
(Shanghai Daily April 13, 2007)