The program was approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc under Decision No 109/QD-TTg dated September 2, 2018. It sets out tasks and solutions to achieve 28 targets in 11 prioritised health areas, including nutrition, physical training, child healthcare, smoking-alcohol impact prevention, environmental sanitation, and food safety.
Speaking at the event, Phuc praised public healthcare sector’s continuous progress and pointed to its shortcomings.
The Government leader noted that despite high average life expectancy, Vietnamese people generally have to live with diseases for about 10 years in their life, meaning a decline in life quality. Their physical stature also improves little over the past years, he added.
Vietnamese average height is 164.5 cm for males and 153 cm for females and only increases by 3 cm after 25 years.
The PM called for intensified awareness campaigns on healthcare, particularly the need for a healthy lifestyle, which includes regular exercises, no smoking, limited alcohol drinking, and regular health check-ups.
Following the launch were a series of activities taking place nationwide, such as health check-ups, health consultancy, mass physical exercise, and cycling for health.