|For the first nine months of this year, according to a report from the city's Paediatrics Hospital No.1, more than 7,470 of 46,825 outpatients treated at the hospital for health exams and nutrition consulting were malnourished.— Photo danviet
HCM CITY (VNS) — The Paediatrics Hospital No.1 in HCM City has been asked to work with the city's Nutrition Centre to draw up guidelines for the treatment of severe malnutrition in children.
At a workshop on malnutrition prevention yesterday, Nguyen Huu Hung, the department's deputy head, said the guidelines would be used in hospitals in the city's districts.
Hung also asked the city's Reproductive Health Care Centre to draw up common guidelines for district hospitals who treat malnourished pregnant women.
Nguyen Ngoc Thong, head of the centre, said the rate of malnourished children under five years old in the city was 5.3 per cent last year.
Although the city rate was lower than the national rate, he said intervention methods should be improved as many babies continue to be born undernourished.
For the first nine months of this year, according to a report from the city's Paediatrics Hospital No.1, more than 7,470 of 46,825 outpatients treated at the hospital for health exams and nutrition consulting were malnourished.
Of 7,479 malnourished children, nealry 18 per cent suffered either severe malnutrition or very severe malnutrition.
For the same period, the hospital treated 1,388 malnourished inpatients. Of that number, more than 45 per cent of them were severely malnourished and 14.8 per cent were very severely malnourished.
Thong said the city should pay more attention to developing programmes to reduce stunted growth and low weight among infants, as these two conditions had increased in number in recent years.
He said this had occurred because mothers in the city had not breastfed their babies properly.
The centre's report showed that only 17 per cent of mothers breastfed within the first six months after delivery because they resumed working early.
The increase in Caesarian births was one cause for the reduction in the number of women who were breastfeeding, Thong said. — VNS