|A child is screened for congenital heart disease. 30,000 infants in the southern province of An Giang will be screened for congenital heart disease. — VNA/VNS Photo Kiều Oanh|Viet Nam News
AN GIANG — About 30,000 infants born in 2018 and 2019 in the southern province of An Giang will be screened for congenital heart disease.
The announcement was part of a ceremony to launch a congenital heart disease detection programme for newborns in An Giang on Tuesday.
The project is being conducted by Hà Nội Medical University and children and heart hospitals in An Giang.
Modern equipment will support doctors at local obstetrics facilities to quickly detect congenital heart disease and begin early treatment for infants.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Nguyễn Lân Hiếu, deputy director of Hà Nội Medical University, said this was the first project of its kind implemented in Việt Nam.
For nearly 10 years, more than 4,500 poor children with congenital heart disease have received free surgeries under the healthy heart operation programme and dozens of free screening programmes have been organised in localities across the country.
According to project managers, after one year of trial implementation in An Giang Province, they will collate statistics and evaluate the effectiveness of the project in order to develop the model nationwide.
As per health ministry statistics, 8,000 to 10,000 infants are born with congenital heart defects every year in Việt Nam, and around 20,000 children in the country are still waiting for surgery.
It also said mortality related to cardiovascular disorders was on the rise in developing countries, including Việt Nam. — VNS