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School healthcare, nutrition programme expands

Update: December, 04/2013 - 15:22
Carried out by Save the Children Viet Nam since 2011 and funded by Wrigley Company Foundation, the project's first phase was implemented at 30 schools in the three cities, with more than 27,000 students aged between six and 14 taught about health and nutrition through extra lessons.— Photo tgvn

HCM CITY (VNS)— Students from six more schools in Ha Noi, HCM City, and Hai Phong are set to benefit from a healthcare and nutrition education programme.

Carried out by Save the Children Viet Nam since 2011 and funded by Wrigley Company Foundation, the project's first phase was implemented at 30 schools in the three cities, with more than 27,000 students aged between six and 14 taught about health and nutrition through extra lessons.

A survey by Dr Pham Van Phu of the Ha Noi Medical University found that students at these schools had improved awareness of teeth, eyes, nutrition, hand washing, and reproductive health.

There was an increase in the number of students knowing about the causes of teeth decay, the right way to brush their teeth, and washing their hands with soap after going to the toilet and before eating.

Moreover, they receive periodical health checks, including of their ears and eyes.

Toilets and facilities for washing hands have been upgraded at these schools, with soap and clean water being provided to students.

In the second phase, the programme will be carried out at six more schools by 2015.

In HCM City, Trung My Tay Secondary School No.1 and Nhi Tan Primary School in disadvantaged Hoc Mon District will take part.

Nguyen Thi Kim Thanh, deputy head of the city Department of Education and Training, said the department would work with Save the Children Viet Nam to hand out handbooks and brochures to all schools in the city on effectively teaching about health and nutrition.—VNS

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