China will step up efforts to prevent the occurrence of disabilities and improve rehabilitation services for the country's 85 million disabled people, according to a regulation issued by the State Council.
The regulation, signed by Premier Li Keqiang, specifies the responsibilities of governments at various levels and assigns them the leading role in disability prevention and improving rehabilitation services for the disabled.
The government promised financial and material support to institutions that work with the disabled, it said, adding medical service for the disabled, particularly children under six, poor people with disabilities and the severely disabled, must be improved.
It called for a better system to collect and share information on the disabled.
Disability prevention should be incorporated into sectors such as disease prevention and control, maternal and child health care, as well as transportation and work safety, it noted.
Vulnerable regions, population groups, industries and organizations should be given priority in disability prevention, according to the regulation.
The regulation comes into force on July 1, 2017.
(Xinhua News Agency February 27, 2017)