900,000 babies born with birth defects in China

900,000 babies born with birth defects in China

BEIJING: About 900,000 babies are born with birth defects in China per year, health authorities said today as they called for increased premarital medical checkups.
According to China Disabled Persons’ Federation, the incidence of birth defects in 1996 was 87.8 per 10,000 people, but it grew to 149.9 per 10,000 people in 2010 from 120 per 10,000 people in 2003 when China abolished compulsory premarital checkups.
In response to its rapidly ageing population, China started allowing married couples to have two children in 2016, ending the controversial one-child policy implemented decades ago to rein in a surging population.

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