Chinese live longer and longer: a great challenge for retirement

According to the China Health Commission's report, the average life expectancy of China in 2018 has exceeded 77 years. In addition, the mortality rate of infants and mothers in the country has fallen

Act Geng, Commission official, improves public health by effectively preventing disease.

"In 2018, the death rate of mothers was reduced to 18.3 deaths per 100,000, and the infant mortality rate dropped to 6.1 percent. We attach great importance to the health of children. Prevention of the disease gets priority. Each child gets ten vaccinations to help prevent 15 kinds of illness. Now less than one percent of children under the age of five are infected with hepatitis B. "

China's fast-growing population has become a major issue that has hit both the public and political leaders of the country.

At the end of last year, China had 250 million people over the age of 60, which made up almost 20 percent of the total population. About 75 percent of these elderly people suffer from at least one chronic disease.

Wang Haidong of the National Health Commission spoke about his concerns about aging care.

"There is a serious lack of facilities for health care, rehabilitation, care and care for the elderly at the end of life, and there is also a shortage of qualified staff who can provide good services. it is difficult to solve. "

In order to improve mental health for the elderly, the government has launched a program of psychological care for the elderly, which includes urban communities and rural villages.

Wang Haidong adds that more action will be taken soon to support older people with disabilities.

"The country will take measures to improve the care system for the elderly, in particular for them to build more qualified health care facilities, and we will also seek to further improve elderly care, especially home and long-term care for the elderly with disabilities.

The government has also launched pilot-care programs for people with residence in more than 70 cities. The service provides palliative care for critically ill patients in order to help them die comfortably and dignitiously. Last year, over 280,000 patients benefited from this program.