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Work-related lung disorders affect several workers

Update: June, 25/2015 - 13:46
Associate Nguyen Viet Nhung, chairman of the National Programme for Tuberculosis Prevention and Control, gives a speech at the conference. – VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc

HA NOI (VNS) -- Nearly 28,000 people suffer from occupational diseases in Viet Nam, reports released at a scientific conference on lung cancer and work-related lung diseases in Ha Noi said yesterday.

The number could be higher, the reports at the conference organised by the National Lung Hospital said, adding there were six work-related lung diseases.

Health insurance covers 30 work-related diseases. Pneumoconiosis was the most common disease, comprising 74 per cent of the total.

Work-related respiratory diseases rank second, comprising 32 per cent of the total, followed by noise pollution-related health problems, with 17 per cent.

Nearly two million workers, or nearly four per cent of the country's workers, underwent health examination in 2012, the health ministry (MoH) said.

Experts from the National Lung Hospital said there should be focus on occupational diseases of the lungs and the bronchial tube, as early detection would limit the impact of the diseases.

The country does not have any clinics or hospitals for treating workers suffering from work-related lung diseases.

Workers in the mining, building materials and mechanical sectors can get pneumoconiosis, the MoH said. -- VNS

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