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China has 3.5 mln registered nurses

Editor: zhangrui 丨Xinhua

05-12-2017 06:47 BJT

BEIJING, May 10 (Xinhua) -- The number of registered nurses in China reached 3.5 million at the end of 2016, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) announced Wednesday.

A nurse pats on the back of a patient in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Liucheng People

A nurse pats on the back of a patient in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Liucheng People's Hospital in Liucheng County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, May 10, 2017. The number of registered nurses in China reached 3.5 million at the end of 2016, according to the latest statistics ahead of International Nurses Day, which falls on May 12. (Xinhua/Deng Keyi)

Guo Yanhong, senior official at NHFPC, released the figure at a press conference ahead of International Nurses Day, which falls on May 12.

Registered nurses make up 42 percent of the country's healthcare professionals, Guo said, adding that China will launch a plan to retain nursing talent and motivate workers.

NHFPC will continue to provide improved nursing services to cope with the aging population and the increasing need for rehabilitation and hospital care, Guo said.

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