National school health scheme gets backing

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National school health scheme gets backing

VietNamNet Bridge – Equipment to supervise school hygiene will be installed in poor districts in 20 provinces under a school health project worth VND10 billion (US$486,000).

Medical centres at schools in Soc Son District in Ha Noi contribute to the health care of pupils who are covered by health insurance. (Photo: VNS)

The project, directed by the National Target Programme for Health has been set up to improve school health activities for students in disadvantaged areas nationwide.

It will receive funding from the ministries of Health and Education and Training as well as related authorities.

It is hoped that the project will help reduce the rate of scoliosis and oral disease among students.

Deputy Director of the Health Ministry's Preventive Medicine Department Phan Trong Lan said: "As part of this year's project, we will implement training courses at preventive medicine centres throughout provinces and cities based on the examination and classification of student health."

According to the department, the country's school health network has still to reach acceptable quality standards.

About 15 provinces and cities reported having no facilities for observing school hygiene that has led to increased cases of myopia and scoliosis.

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