New schools’ air to be in­spected

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - 4 China - BEI­JING

Ed­u­ca­tion author­i­ties have or­dered a na­tion­wide in­spec­tion of in­door air qual­ity at newly built schools and stu­dent dor­mi­to­ries, espe­cially for lev­els of formalde­hyde. The move comes af­ter some stu­dents across the coun­try ex­pe­ri­enced dizzi­ness and nose­bleeds. Ex­ces­sive lev­els of formalde­hyde were blamed, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the State Coun­cil’s Ed­u­ca­tion Su­per­vi­sion Com­mit­tee. Lo­cal author­i­ties should con­duct thor­ough in­spec­tions, it said. A Chi­nese med­i­cal re­search al­liance has been set up to ac­cel­er­ate the study of rare dis­eases. The Al­liance for Rare Dis­eases com­prises more than 50 en­ti­ties rang­ing from med­i­cal in­sti­tutes, uni­ver­si­ties, aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions to com­pa­nies. The al­liance will be in­stru­men­tal in con­cen­trat­ing re­sources and will im­prove the treat­ment of rare dis­eases in China, said Ma Xiaowei, head of the Na­tional Health Com­mis­sion. At its launch on Wed­nes­day, the al­liance re­leased its first ex­plana­tory cat­a­log of China’s rare dis­eases.

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