[health-vn] PM to revamp school healthcare
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Tue Mar 31 11:10:48 EST 2009
PM to revamp school healthcare
HA NOI — Viet Nam is determined to reduce the rate of students catching diseases
at educational institutions nationwide.
This will be one of the targets of a national programme on disease prevention
approved by the Prime Minister last Friday.
According to the programme, 100 per cent of municipal and provincial education
and training departments would have staff specialising in school health care by
2015, with 85 per cent of tertiary educational institutions and vocational
training schools having healthcare centres and 60 per cent of schools having
spare rooms for student healthcare centres.
The programme has also set a goal for 80 per cent of the healthcare centres and
rooms to have adequate medicines and equipment as regulated by the Ministry of
Most centres will be able to provide check-ups for students annually. Schools
that have healthcare staff, all students will receive initial healthcare
services and have the histories recorded.
To reach the targets, the Prime Minister has ordered relevant ministries and
agencies to make policies on health care at educational institutions, as well as
budget allocations for the programme.
Raising students’ awareness on healthcare and disease prevention was also among
The recent unusual weather in HCM City has created favourable conditions for
seasonal diseases like mumps, chickenpox, measles and hand-foot-mouth disease
(HFMD) to spread among children and adults, particularly in schools.
Health authorities have said that they expect cases of these diseases to rise in
the coming weeks.
According to a report released recently by HCM City’s Department of Health, 20
people, including two teachers in Hoa Mi Kindergarten in District 12, were
suspected to have caught mumps.
Blood tests done by the Pasteur Institute found that nine children were positive
for the virus. The city’s Preventive Health Centre had the school and toys
sterilised with Cloramin B.
A representative from Children’s Hospital No 1 said that more than 20 children
with the HFMD were being treated everyday at the hospital.
So far this month, hundreds of students in HCM City have had to stop studying or
be rushed to hospitals after contracting one or more of the seasonal diseases in
the outlying districts of 12, Tan Phu and Thu Duc in the last month.
Dr Truong Huu Khanh of Children’s Hospital No 1 told a seminar at the Pasteur
Institute that around 80 per cent of the children in the city had the potential
to contract chickenpox.
He said the disease often occurred in March and April. Children from one to 10
years old were most susceptible, and 80 to 90 per cent of the children had yet
to be vaccinated against the disease. Meningitis would also be a problem, Khanh
said. — VNS
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