|Representatives set off on a bike ride to raise community awareness of non-communicable diseases prevention. — VNA/VNS Photo Dương Ngọc|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Minister of Health Nguyễn Thị Kim Tiến called for improved awareness of non-communicable diseases yesterday at a conference in Hà Nội.
The conference aimed to strengthen the prevention and control of chronicling diseases, bronchial asthma and non-communicable diseases.
Speaking at the conference, Tiến said that non-communicable, lung diseases such as bronchial asthma were an issue for health sectors around the world due to their economic burden and high risk of fatalities.
Non-communicable diseases are the main cause of fatalities globally.
In Việt Nam, fatalities caused by non-communicable diseases make up 70 per cent of total fatalities, and 43 per cent of victims die before the age of 70.
More than four per cent of over-40-year-olds suffer from lung chronic diseases and the number tends to increase due to smoking and environmental pollution.
In 2010, the Government approved a programme to prevent chronic lung diseases and bronchial asthma from 2011-15 across the country.That has been extended to 2016-20.
After the conference, Tiến, chairwoman of the National Assembly’s Social Affairs Committee Nguyễn Thúy Anh and the World Health Organisation Representative Kidong Park and other people took part in a bicycle ride to call for increased community awareness on disease prevention. — VNS