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25% of Vietnamese children under five anaemic

Update: April, 28/2016 - 17:59
Some 60,000 mothers in rural areas will have chances to approach knowledge about micronutrients in the programme “add micronutrient supplements to children’s nutrition in rural areas” this year. –– VNA/VNS Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI (VNS) –– One in every four Vietnamese children under five years suffered from anaemia last year, according to data released by the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) yesterday.

More than 50 per cent of these children suffered from the condition due to the lack of iron in their blood, affecting their physical development, NIN Vice-Director Nguyễn Thị Lâm said.

She said people living in the mountainous and rural areas were most vulnerable. It was, therefore, necessary to add iron micronutrient supplements to the daily meals of women and children. This was already one of the key activities undertaken by health agencies for many years.

On the same day, NIN also tied up with the Nestle Việt Nam Company Ltd. to spread a programme with a message “add micronutrient supplements to children’s nutrition in rural areas”.

The programme targeted 10 northern and central provinces, including Thanh Hóa, Nghệ An, Thái Bình and Nam Định, Bắc Giang, as well as Phú Thọ, Hưng Yên, Bắc Ninh, Vĩnh Phúc and Hải Dương.

It is expected 60,000 mothers in rural areas to approach knowledge about micronutrients through 600 conferences on nutrition this year.

The programme was successfully implemented in 13 Mekong River Delta provinces last year when 45,000 mothers were trained and enhanced their knowledge on the importance of  iron micronutrient in children’s daily meals. –– VNS

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