Futian District in Shenzhen, a city in the south China province of Guangdong, has initiated a health management program for women pregnant with a second child this year.
The program will provide 1,500 women, who are over 35 years old and pregnant with a second child, with health management services throughout their pregnancy. The district will spend over 700 yuan on each pregnant woman to ensure their health and reduce the risks of giving birth to congenitally handicapped children.
Jia Xiaojie, deputy director of the Obstetrics Department of the Futian Maternal and Child Care Service Center, said that with the implementation of the two-child policy in 2016, the number of older women pregnant with a second child increased dramatically. Reproductive and physiological functions gradually decline and reproductive risks increase in women as they get older.
Through the program, Futian registered residents or residents living in the district can apply for the service at hospitals by using their ID cards. Futian District will adopt a "one to one" contract management mode between the doctor and the pregnant woman. The pregnant women who signed the contract can enjoy priority in tracking management, registration services, health examinations and hospitalization, as well as health management services throughout the prenatal, pregnant and postpartum period.
He Jie, vice head of the Futian District Government, said that the program was an essential measure taken by the government to improve the quality of the city. The government should closely connect the relevant departments in order to ensure that the program's implementation benefits the most citizens.
(Source: Shenzhen Daily)