Viet Nam News
THÁI NGUYÊN — The northern province of Thái Nguyên’s Department of Health has launched a system of combined medical records for mothers and children.
At a conference held on Thursday to launch the project, participants were introduced to mother-child medical records which aim to keep track of mothers and their children’s health conditions, offering them continuous healthcare services, from before birth to six weeks after birth.
For the children, the records will keep information on the monitoring and care of their mental and physical health from pregnancy, post-labour and infantile periods. The records also include information related to the health conditions of the mother during and after pregnancy.
Trần Đăng Khoa, deputy director of the Department of Maternal and Child Health under the Ministry of Health, said that the launch of the records will be helpful in the screening of health risks, diseases and obstetrical complications, as well as in fetus malformation, thus offering more timely responses and minimising fatalities among mothers and children.
The delegates also proposed measures to seek resources for the running of mother-child medical records and popularising the records in localities. Thái Nguyên is a regional medical hub with competent human resources and infrastructure.
The province has been chosen by the Ministry of Health to pilot the programme of launching online mother-child medical records.
The outcomes of the programme – which will run from 2018 to 2020 in all nine districts, cities and towns of the province – will serve as the foundation for the expansion of the programme nationwide.
So far, the medical records have been applied in the 15 provinces of Lâm Đồng, Thái Nguyên, Bắc Giang, Lạng Sơn, Quảng Trị, Quảng Bình, Hà Tĩnh, Nghệ An, Quảng Nam, Quảng Ngãi, Phú Yên, Ninh Thuận, Bình Thuận, Hà Giang, and An Giang. — VNS