Shenzhen increasing maternity beds to meet demand

To disperse residents’ worries about the short supply of obstetric beds, the city is increasing investment to meet the growing demand thanks to the second-child policy, the city’s health commission said yesterday.

Ninety hospitals in Shenzhen, including 49 public and 41 private, are qualified to offer obstetrics services, offering 3,778 beds in total. By the end of this year, the number of maternity beds will increase to 4,000, as more beds become available in hospitals in Bao’an and Longgang districts, the commission said.

In 2017, 300 more maternity beds will be put into use, which will meet the demand of 258,000 new births annually, the commission added.

Shenzhen saw 219,000 new births in 2014, and 199,000 last year. In the first half of this year, there were 98,000 new births in Shenzhen, up 4.5 percent from a year ago. Most of the new births this year were by permanent residents in Futian and Luohu districts and the number of new births in Yantian District, Pingshan and Dapeng new areas dropped slightly. The commission expects 220,000 babies to be born this year, almost the same as in 2014. The commission also noted that there was a small drop in births last year because it was the Year of the Goat.

Currently, Shenzhen’s obstetrics capacity should meet the demand theoretically, but as public and larger hospitals are favored, maternity beds in Luohu and Futian districts are in short supply while private ones and those in Longgang, Bao’an and Nanshan districts are underused, the commission said. Liu Minxia




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