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Strengthening School Health Systems: For Student Health and Safety

According to the 2019 survey results report of the Sports Department of the Ministry of Education and Training, there are 40,493 preschool and general education institutions nationwide, but the total number of school medical staff is only 74, accounting for 9%.

From the actual situation of school health work, especially in the context of the complex development of the COVID-19 epidemic, it can be seen that school medical teams play an important role in health protection and care. .student. Teachers and Disease Control, Prevention and Containment.

However, shortages of medical staff in schools and even some “white” places are a problem in much of the country.

School medical staff – deficiencies and weaknesses

Deputy Minister of Education and Training Ngo Thi Minh said Vietnam currently has more than 23 million children, students and students, or about 25 percent of the total population. In addition to valuing education, children and students also need access to health care services to prevent common school-related illnesses. Therefore, school hygiene plays an increasingly important role.

The Ministry of Education and Training, together with the Ministry of Health and other relevant ministries and commissions, have simultaneously deployed a number of school health activities. However, in addition to outstanding achievements, there are still many difficulties and deficiencies in school health work.

School medical staff are lacking, weak and under-treated; the education, protection and health of children and pupils are not given the attention they deserve.

School health funding is limited, and school health activities in many places are poorly coordinated.

[Prime Minister: Caring for children’s health is the responsibility of the whole society]

According to the 2019 survey results report of the Sports Department of the Ministry of Education and Training, there are 40,493 preschool and general education institutions nationwide, but the total number of school medical staff is only 74, accounting for 9%, of which wages are 53.7% and contracts are 21.2%.

25.1% of educational establishments without school health personnel are mainly pre-schools. Only about 30% of schools have medical staff (physician and above) with prescribed professional qualifications.

Now many schools only recruit nurses, teaching assistants, and even medical staff such as accountants, treasurers, and librarians in many places…

According to statistics from Hanoi, the city currently lacks 423 school health personnel and 88 junior high school personnel. The city has stopped hiring health workers in public schools since 2015.

Identifying the vital role of school hygiene in carrying out first aid and monitoring student health, especially in the context of a complex epidemiological development, education and training director Tran The Cuong said the department had elevated the city. The Ministry of Education and Training and the Home Office were allowed to continue recruiting school health workers.

In case of poor recruitment, the school can sign a contract with qualified medical personnel to ensure the school’s medical work.

In addition, strengthen coordination between educational institutions and regional health centers to provide primary health care for students; identify signs of infection for prompt treatment.

Towards 100% Medically Staffed Educational Institutions

In fact, school health activities are not only simple first aid, but also include organizing health education exchange activities, carrying out student disease prevention projects, and building a nutrition-medical framework. Reasonable help students gain weight and height. All schools have semi-boarding kitchens and medical staff must check food brought into school daily…

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