China’s health time bomb

A volunteer (left) in search of Chen Shaohua, who suffers from Alzheimer's, at a mall in Beijing where the 68-year-old man was last seen. About 10 million people have been diagnosed with the degenerative and incurable brain disorder in China. – AFP pic, September 19, 2021.

THE first time Chen Shaohua went missing and was picked up by police, the 68-year-old’s family put it down to confusion.

When he disappeared a second time, they realised he was deeply unwell – but it was already too late. 

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