Pre­mar­i­tal check­ups rise again af­ter de­cline

China Daily European Weekly - - NEWS DIGEST -

Last year, 59.7 per­cent of all cou­ples who mar­ried in China had a pre­mar­i­tal checkup, with dis­eases spot­ted in more than 930,000 peo­ple that could af­fect birth, says the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, China’s top health author­ity. The in­crease is due to a se­ries of mea­sures taken in re­cent years to en­cour­age the ex­ams as a way to help re­duce birth de­fects. Pre­mar­i­tal checkup rates de­clined sharply in China once the ex­ams be­came vol­un­tary with the adop­tion of a new reg­u­la­tion in 2003. The rate de­clined to 2.9 per­cent in 2005 and re­bounded to 41 per­cent in 2011 and to 48.4 per­cent in 2012, fig­ures pre­vi­ously re­leased by the com­mis­sion show.

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