HCM City aims to give NCD screenings to over 12,000 residents
Prevention of non-communicable diseases
|Prevention of non-communicable diseases is targeted by Ho Chi Minh City.|
The project was organized by the Department of Preventive Medicine of the Ministry of Health, with technical assistance from the Appropriate Technology in Health Program (PATH).
The D r Nguyên Tuyêt Nga, chief representative of the PATH office in Vietnam, said Vietnam currently has 18.9% of people with hypertension. The proportion of people affected by diabetes is 4.1% with an increasing trend. Hypertension and diabetes are diseases "silent" but extremely dangerous with high death rates.
On average, 8 out of 10 Vietnamese die from non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Therefore, more attention needs to be paid to the prevention of NCDs. In recent years, PATH has worked with the Department of Health and Local Services to set up many projects to better control NCDs in the community.
Strengthen access to care and services
This year, PATH and the Department of Preventive Medicine of the Ministry of Health are launching the "Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases in Vietnam" project. It will take place in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and in the province of Khanh Hoà from 2020 to December 2022. The objective is to strengthen access to care and prevention services for NCDs for a public aged 40 and over. more. This is also part of the primary health care program.
Since September 2020 the "Prevention and control of NCDs" project has been installed in 8 e district of Ho Chi Minh City, where around 180500 people need to be taken care of. Sixteen medical centers have set up a screening program for hypertension and diabetes. Thus, 97 employees regularly visit these residential areas to educate the population about these diseases. The goal for December 2020 is to screen around 12250 people. 2450 cases have already been recently discovered.
Dr Nguyên Huu Hung, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Health Service, reported that NCDs are on the rise in the community, although no one is fully aware of their dangers. In recent years, Ho Chi Minh City has implemented numerous NCD control programs such as the "For a Healthy Heart" project implemented in 2016 with technical assistance from PATH. Thanks to blood pressure measuring points located in residential areas, including cafes, hair salons and spas, many people have been able to be tested. The presence of this equipment in Co.oop Mart supermarkets and traditional neighborhood markets has been particularly successful.
With the "Prevention and Control of NCDs" project, Nguyên Huu Hung hopes that with the support of PATH, citizens will continue to control their blood pressure, diabetes and be susceptible to NCDs in order to lead a healthier lifestyle. Quang Châu /CVN
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