Census raises concerns about China’s health infrastructure

Washington [US], June 17 (ANI): The COVID-19 pandemic and the 2021 national census have raised concerns over the alarming aging of the Chinese population and “totally deficient” health infrastructure, Jianli Yang, a Chinese dissident and son of ‘a former leader of the Chinese Communist Party.

Jianli, in an opinion piece published in The Washington Times, said the growing aging of China’s population has increased demand for unprecedented investments in the country’s health and elderly care sectors and that the pandemic revealed the shortcomings of the system.

The recently released census revealed that “190.64 million people, or 13.5% of the Chinese population, are 65 years of age or older, a significant increase from 8.9% in 2010”.

Six provinces in China have the most elderly people, with more than 14% of the population over 65. These are Liaoning (15.17%), Sichuan (14.17%), Chongqing (14.1%), Jiangsu (14.03%). , Shanghai (14.3%) and Shandong (14%). Census projects estimate that the average proportion of people aged 65 and over in these provinces will reach 30% by 2050.

The 2020 census showed an alarming drop in the country’s fertility rate. According to the Seventh National Census of 2020, China’s population has only grown by 5.38% in the past 10 years.

China’s birth rate has been falling since 2017, despite the easing of the “one-child policy” to avoid another demographic crisis.

Despite the easing of the one-child policy in 2016, the number of live births per 1,000 people fell to an all-time high of 10.48 in 2019, from 10.94 in 2018. This has raised fears of a crisis imminent demographic.

Ning Jizhe, head of China’s National Bureau of Statistics, said when releasing the data, “Aging has become a fundamental national condition of China for a period of time to come. This, in short, is the root of the CCP’s concerns.

A briefing from China says, “While it is typical for countries to age and birth rates to slow down as they become more developed, as has been the case with Japan and South Korea, the China is aging at a faster rate in children’s policy, which was abolished in 2016 ”.

The sharp rise in population aging is already increasing demand for unprecedented investments in the country’s health and elderly care sectors, said Jianli, founder and chairman of Citizen Power Initiatives for China.

“The pandemic has prioritized health care for China in 2020 anyway after revealing the flaws in the system. Data from the aging population acts as additional pressure to get the government to invest more and immediately,” he added.

Jainli argued that China’s public elderly care facilities fall short and those with purchasing power depend on private elderly care services for long-term care facilities for their parents and grandparents. -parents.

As the population ages, the demand for health tools grows, ranging from pharmaceuticals to medical devices and devices and equipment for people with disabilities, he said. (ANI)

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