China's population to be 1.5 billion by 2020
The Chinese government also pledged to develop new technologies in the reproductive health sector.Updated: Feb 10, 2006 18:03 IST
China, the world's most populous nation, has pledged to control its numbers to within 1.5 billion by 2020 while striving to improve the general health of its citizens.
The Chinese government also pledged to develop new technologies in the reproductive health sector.
The plan is part of the country's new technological growth blueprint for the next 15 years, released on Thursday by the State Council, the Chinese cabinet.
The population target allows for a rise of up to 200 million from the current figure of 1.3 billion.
China will develop technologies, medicines and equipment to ensure better reproductive outcomes and healthcare products, the plan said.
China will also promote contraception and family planning and try to control birth defects to below 3 per 1,000 of all new-borns.
In addition, the government will put more effort into developing technologies to prevent non-infectious diseases such as tumours and vascular ailments and diagnose these diseases at an earlier stage, the blueprint says.
One person dies of brain or heart vascular disease every 15 seconds on the Chinese mainland, the Ministry of Health said.
The number of patients with high blood pressure topped 160 million in October 2005.
The ministry said nearly 19 per cent of Chinese citizens over age 18 suffered from high blood pressure in 2004. That represented a 31 per cent rise from 1991, the ministry said.
First Published: Feb 10, 2006 18:03 IST