Vietnam Health Improvement Plan

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Like many of the Asian countries, an improvement to Vietnam’s healthcare sector is met with a plethora of challenges. Hanoi has not taken this lightly and has already had its Ministry of Health commence a 5 year development strategy with a partnership with the International Health Partnership (IHP+) group. The partnership with the IHP+ and enhancement policy was scheduled to run concurrently from 2010 to 2015. Vietnam joined the IHP+ in April of 2010. Its current IHP+ agreement is piggy backed off its Ministry of Health’s Core Statement on Aid that was released in 2009. Included in this statement was a joint venture with 8 civil society organizations and 15 development partners. The current national improvement plan was implemented in late …show more content…
Apparently the Ministry of Health has determined that Vietnam has one of the highest food contamination rates worldwide. Generally these issues attributes to the mass epidemic concerns discussed below. However, food related sicknesses could be prevented if the Vietnamese government would develop projects on strengthening food safety and hygiene control. Developing nutritional education among the populous has many beneficial features as well. There is no substitution for dietary knowledge or a populations’ awareness of consumable containments. Public attentiveness could prevent mass food poising and further reduce other food related pathogens. Through a national hygiene plan, some diseases may even be alleviated before even entering into homes of the general public. Food production education and preliminary preparation/processing safety of farm products could also be beneficial. Clean water, however, may still possess a significant issue for Vietnam because of government bureaucracy and corruption. Although, if the government was able to control its line ministries, then environmental sanitation, management of medical wastes, and safe supplies of water could all be well achieved. A collaborative effort among government agencies could ensure that 100% of health facilities have a system in place to manage dangerous pathogens in food or water, or biohazard medical …show more content…
A primary focus that should be advanced upon is the risk of potential epidemic reoccurrences. Examples of some short term epidemics include cholera, tenia, and influenza. However, expanding on a national preventative care platform will reduce future large scale epidemic outbreaks. The Vietnamese populace would critically benefit from a surveillance program or some form of epidemic response planning for national health emergencies. Collaboration across the national platform, especially with local governments, could help reduce epidemic risks; particularly in the case of cross species

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