China home to over 4.7 mln registered nurses

BEIJING, May 12 (Xinhua) -- China had more than 4.7 million registered nurses by the end of 2020, the National Health Commission said on International Nurses Day, which falls on Wednesday.

Newly recruited nurses take an oath during a capping ceremony at Peking University People's Hospital in Beijing, capital of China, April 26, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Yuwei)

The country saw 3.35 registered nurses every 1,000 people, and the ratio of doctors to nurses stood at 1:1.15, according to the commission.

It said the number of registered nurses will see a constant increase, with more efforts to be made to improve incentive mechanisms and nursing services.

The country will next focus on the development of nursing care for the elderly, community-level and in-home care, as well as hospice care, according to the commission.