Average life expectancy in Tibet rises to 70.6

Old people celebrate the Mid-autumn Festival at a nursing home for elders in Qonggyai County, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Sept. 14, 2016. (File photo: Xinhua)

BEIJING, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- The average life expectancy in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region has risen to 70.6 years, a senior Chinese health official said on Tuesday.

The autonomous region has also witnessed significant improvements in key health indicators including the infant and children mortality rate, the maternal mortality rate and the hospital delivery rate over the last five years, said Li Dachuan from the National Health Commission at a press conference.

Treatments for more than 400 major diseases are now available at hospitals in the autonomous region, said Li.

Before democratic reform in 1959, the average life expectancy in Tibet was just 35.5 years.