Beijing, October 06, SPA — Chinese government has spent 10.5 billion yuan (1.4 billion U.S. dollars) in building 2,448 disease prevention and control centers across the country since 2003 and linked them with computer networks, Xinhua quoted Chinese Minister of Health Chen Zhu as saying.
“The most visible effect is that we are more capable of monitoring and acting against epidemics,” Chen said.
A disease prevention and control center at county level, the lowest level of the network, is able to report a case of serious epidemic like AIDS to the central government through a computer network.
While continuing to improve the network against epidemics, Chinese government plans to pay more attention to daily killers like cardiovascular diseases and metabolic syndrome, Chen said.
Metabolic syndrome is a set of diseases caused by metabolic disorder, including adiposity, diabetes and high blood pressure.