A PILOT project aimed at eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV, syphilis and HBV was launched at the Bao'an Maternity and Child Health-care Hospital on Friday, according to sznews.com.
Bao'an District is one of the six pilot districts or counties nationwide to carry out the project, which will offer free screening for HIV, syphilis and HBV for pregnant women and help infected expectant mothers prevent mother-to-child transmission of these viruses.
The Bao'an hospital's president, Chen Xu, said the hospital's goal is to fully eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV, syphilis and HBV in the district by 2019.
However, he said achieving the goal will be a serious challenge because 90 percent of the district's population are migrants, meaning it will be difficult to offer follow-up treatment to those pregnant women who are infected with the diseases.
According to Xu, about 12 new HIV infections in pregnant women are reported in Bao'an District each year. Additionally, around 100 new cases of expectant mothers infected with syphilis and 5,000 new HBV infections in pregnant women are reported in the district per year.
Sun Meihua, deputy director of the city's health and family planning commission, said the government has provided a large sum of financial support to the project.
"The project will offer free screening for all pregnant women in Bao'an District, whether they have Shenzhen hukou or not. We hope the pregnant women in the district will join the project," she said.