Questions Surround Report Of Maternal Mortality Spike In China

New York Times: Reported Spike in Maternal Deaths Spurs Questions in China
“Did China’s maternal mortality rate surge by nearly one-third in the first half of 2016, as a top health official reportedly said this week? An anxious, skeptical debate has broken out over the drastically higher figure, announced by Ma Xiaowei, deputy director of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, at a meeting on Tuesday on improving maternal health, in reports carried widely in the Chinese news media…” (Tatlow, 9/30).