Deputy PM gives comments on draft National Nutrition Strategy for 2021-2030 period

Saturday, 2020-12-05 12:32:38
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NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam held a working session with Ministry of Health and representatives of international organisations in Hanoi on December 4, during which he listened to reports on some important contents in the draft National Nutrition Strategy for the 2021-2030 period.

According to the Ministry of Health, over the past years, the implementation of the strategy has achieved remarkable results as the rate of underweight and malnourished children in Vietnam has decreased from 29.3% in 2010 to less than 20% by 2020.

Speaking at the event, Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam said that the encouraging results were made thanks to the support from international organisations and partner countries.

He noted that the malnutrition remains a major problem in Vietnam, especially in remote and mountainous regions and natural disaster-hit areas. He also warned of an increase in the rate of overweight and obesity in children in urban areas, as well as diet-related chronic diseases.

Therefore, he stressed that in addition to working harder to reduce stunting rates, further effort is needed to prevent and control the rate of overweight and obesity.

He said that in order to realise the goals, the new National Nutrition Strategy should gather the participation of the entire community and society, together with the State’s resources and the coordination of the Ministry of Health.

He asked the Ministry of Health to step up the implementation of the Vietnam Health Programme with three major priorities: promoting a healthy diet and lifestyle with appropriate nutrition and increased physical activity to improve Vietnamese people’s stature and well-being; raising public awareness on behavioural changes to protect health and prevent health-related risks; and providing constant and long-term primary healthcare services to reduce the burden of illness on the community and enhance people’s quality of life.