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Life Expectancy Doubled in Tibet

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 02/04/08; April 8, 2002.]

(Xinhua is the official propaganda press agency of the People's Republic of China)

LHASA, April 5 (Xinhuanet) - The life expectancy in Tibet has almost doubled in the past half century, from an average of 35.5 years to 67 years.

Those who are aged more than 100 years number 116 in the autonomous region, making it one of the regions in the country to boast of the most centenaries.

In 1951 when Tibet was peacefully liberated, there were few clinics to take care of the local residents, let alone the poor people.

By now, more than 1.8 billion yuan has been spent on setting up clinics and training medical workers. There are now hospitals and clinics at various levels down to the community neighborhood.

Apart from medical care, a social security system is being built up in the region to take better care of the aged and retirees as well.

More attentions are being paid to the improvement of the local medical network, the services of the local hospitals and clinics and the purchase of medicines.


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