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above living with chronic diseases in China. Of those, 44 million
were fully or partially disabled and in need of regular nursing services, she said.
“With more nurses and nurse’s aides, the demand for nursing services from the elderly will be gradually met,” she said.
The commission will also encourage community health centers to provide more nursin
g services for the elderly in neighborhoods, Jiao said. They would include more beds and setting up day-care centers.
Regulations will also be released to encourage community health centers to pro
vide beds to the elderly at home, so family doctors can provide treatment there, she said.
“The disabled, whether fully or partial, will be the priority in nursing services,” Jiao sa
id. “We will release a detailed standard for evaluating nursing services for the disabled elderly
tain a breakneck pace of economic development, which has brought booming economic prosperity.
Unfortunately, it has also brought a deteriorating environment. Seeing heavy smog, for ex
ample, many people feel that a worsening environment will destroy the happiness brought by economic growth.
Since 2012, the new leadership under President Xi Jinping has put forward a series of ecol
ogical ideas. On Sunday, Xi said at the opening ceremony of the exhibition that “green mountains and cle
ar waters are indeed mountains of gold and silver, and environmental improvement means great productivity”.
This idea, dubbed the theory of two mountains, enjoys immense popular support in China.
Xi, who is also general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party o
f China, urged officials at all levels never to sacrifice the environment for economic growth.