Feb 25, 2021 / 18:30

Hanoi to provide free health check-ups for all local residents

The goal of periodic health check-ups at least once a year for all Hanoi’s residents has been included in the document of the municipal Party Congress.

Hanoians will get free health check-ups at least once a year, starting from 2021, the municipal Party Chief Vuong Dinh Hue said on February 25 while visiting Thanh Nhan Hospital on the occasion of Vietnamese Doctors' Day (February 27).

 Municipal Party Chief Vuong Dinh Hue inspects the Covid-19 prevention and control at Thanh Nhan Hospital in Hanoi. Photo: Thanh Hai

Hue said that the goal of periodic health check-ups at least once a year for all Hanoi’s residents has been included in the document of the municipal Party Congress.

"This is not easy, but the Hanoi Party Committee is determined to set goals and achieve them," Hue said.

Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Health Tran Thi Nhi Ha said that the city’s health sector has devised a free health check-up plan for all local residents, starting from early March.

The health sector will review each case, classify people by age and occupation to provide health examination.

"It is expected that Hanoi students will get medical check-ups at educational institutions while employees will receive health check at their industrial parks, factories or offices," Ha said.

The medical centers in the districts will be responsible for providing health check-ups for local people. If people take medical examination and treatment at hospitals, their health will be monitored via software.

Since March 2017, Hanoi has provided a free colorectal cancer screening program for people from 40 years old who have health insurance to early detect the disease. So far, hundreds of thousands of people have been screened for free thanks to the above-mentioned program.

According to the Hanoi Statistical Office, by the end of 2020, the capital city's population was over 8.2 million people, an increase of 2.3% compared to 2019. Among them, four million people (accounting for 49.5%) live in urban areas and 4.1 million people in rural areas (50.5%).