The National Hospital of Endocrinology held a ceremony to celebrate its 50th anniversary yesterday and received the Labour Order first class from the Government in recognition of its outstanding achievements and contribution to public healthcare and national construction.
She said Việt Nam has faced numerous challenges, like high public spending on healthcare, standing at 40 per cent.
Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam urged healthcare facilities nationwide to step up preventive healthcare services and ensure adequate vaccines to prevent the spread of epidemics such as measles and dengue fever.
Some 40 per cent of primary and secondary school students in Hà Nội and HCM City are inactive, a survey by the National Institute of Nutrition revealed.
In the near future, millions of elderly people in Việt Nam will need support, so policies on social allowances and welfare work are needed to improve living standards.
A rapidly aging population and increasing rate of modern diseases are considered the biggest challenges to the healthcare sector of Southeast Asian nations, but technological innovations might offer a solution.
Although progress has been made in tobacco control, more efforts are needed on anti-tobacco measures and reduction of deaths related to smoking in Việt Nam.
Health Minister Nguyễn Thị Kim Tiến said yesterday that non-infectious diseases were the leading cause of death in Việt Nam and had become a socio-economic burden. She was speaking at a national scientific conference yesterday on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.
Infectious diseases kill about 300 people per year, whereas non-infectious diseases kill about 400,000 ones, said Deputy Minister of Health Nguyễn Thanh Long.