The Vietnam Health Programme was officially launched on February 27 with the participation of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, ministers, and the coach of the Vietnamese national football team, Park Hang Seo.
|The launch of Vietnam Health Programme |
Launched on the occasion of Vietnamese Doctors’ Day (February 27), the programme aims to further improve the well-being, stature, longevity, and life quality of Vietnamese people in 2018-2030.
The programme sets out tasks and solutions to achieve 28 targets in 11 prioritised health areas, including nutrition, physical training, child healthcare, smoking-alcohol impact prevention, environmental sanitation, and food safety.
Speaking at the event, the prime minister praised the public healthcare sector’s continuous progress and pointed out its shortcomings.
|Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaking at the launch |
The government leader noted that despite high average life expectancy, Vietnamese people generally have to live with diseases for about 10 years in their life, meaning a decline in life quality. Their physical stature also improved little over the past years, he added.
The average height of Vietnamese people is 164.5cm for males and 153cm for females, which only increased by 3cm in the past 25 years.
The PM called for intensified awareness campaigns on healthcare, particularly promoting a healthy lifestyle, which includes regular exercising, no smoking, limited alcohol intake, and regular health check-ups.
|Park Hang Seo received a health check-up at the event |
Addressing the event, Park Hang Seo expressed his hope that with the programme, there will be many more strong Vietnamese footballers, thus enabling the country to realise its dream of winning the World Cup in the future.
Kee Dong Park from the World Health Organization (WHO) highlighted the programme, saying that with the launch, Vietnam adds its name to the list of countries having a national health programme, including Thailand, Singapore, and South Korea.
As part of the launch, a series of activities were held nationwide, such as health check-ups, health consultancy, mass physical exercises, and cycling for health.
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