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Pollution causes 1.6 million deaths per year in China
UC Berkeley researchers have used Google Maps (obscured in China) to create a live map of air pollution in the country. Between April and August 2014, 38% of Chinese lived in an environment harmful to health.
05/11/2004 HONG KONG - CHINA
Air pollution costs a billion dollar per year
Respiratory and cardiovascular diseases are on the rise.
Poor farmers left to die in their homes
Almost 80% of the ill farmers die at home with no medical care. Central government is promoting a new model of rural health co-operatives and scholarships to medical students from poor areas.
Only those with money can afford health care in China
For 20 years hospitals have been run on a profit basis. Only a minority is covered by medical insurance; others sell what they own or try their own remedies. Hospitals often prescribe unnecessary treatment and drugs.
Police in hospitals to protect medical staff from patients
On average every day angry patients assault medical staff and damage equipment in about 30 hospitals. Their complaint is of poor and slow medical care that often leaves out in the cold those who cannot pay. Authorities choose to post police inside hospitals to protect the personnel from patients.
Astana: elites discuss climate change, while children get sick and faint
Seminar on environmental challenges and the use of hydrocarbons in Almaty. Academic and scientific experts discuss economic development of Central Asian nations. But the oil industry is poisoning the land. Dozens of people suffering from fainting because of toxic fumes.
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