Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Vietnam - About 14 percent of Vietnam population face malnutrition
The Hanoitimes - The rate of malnutrition is about 14 percent among Vietnamese people, but 50 percent among patients admitted to hospital.
These figures were released at a press briefing in Hanoi on November 7 in connection with the nutrition support program funded by Abbott Foundation.
Director of Bach Mai Hospital Nguyen Quoc Anh revealed that the rate of malnutrition among patients is between 33-51 percent. Malnutrition, especially among adults, puts their health at more risks than other Vietnamese, he said.
Deputy Director of the Vietnam Nutrition Institute Nguyen Thi Lam said most hospitals in Vietnam record a malnutrition rate of up to 50 percent. At present, 31 provincial hospitals in the country still have no nutrition departments, she added.
The 3.8 million USD nutrition support program has helped Vietnam train medical workers, conduct research, and increase nutritional supplements to patients.