As China rushes head long into the modern world it finds itself combating the effects of that modern society. Effects that are having a profound effect on the people of the country as well as the government. An example is held in a report released by China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission (NPFPC). It appears that the umber of newborn children in the country are suffering from birth defects. This is happening in both the rural and urban areas of the country.
According to Hu Yali, a professor at the Affiliated Drum Tower Hospital of Nanjing University, environmental pollution accounts for “10 percent of the causes” of physical defects in Chinese infants.
“Our research shows that chemical waste pollution has been the main factor to influence the health of pregnant women and their babies in some areas,” she was quoted as having said by Takungpao.com.
China’s coal-rich Shanxi province, a center of noxious emissions from large-scale chemical industries, has recorded the highest rate of birth defects, NPFPC said.
“The problem of birth defects is related to environmental pollution, especially in eight main coal zones,” said An Huanxiao, the director of Shanxi provincial family planning agency
Source: China Daily
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