New schools’ air to be inspected
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.