China to monitor health impacts of environment

China will closely monitor the effects of water and air pollution on human health in an action plan launched on Wednesday, state media said.

"The National Action Plan on Environment and Health (2007-2015) is intended to control the influence of environmental factors on the human body," vice-minister of Health, Chen Xiaohong, was quoted as saying. Chen added it would "reduce environment-related diseases to safeguard the health of the public."

Environmental degradation in China has become a major factor affecting human health, said the report, which mentioned the parasitic disease schistosomiasis [link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schistosomiasis] as a particular problem.

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