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Hanoi launches free health check-up program

The program will detect diseases quickly, provide medical advice, and create electronic records to help monitor the health of residents.

The Hanoi Department of Health has coordinated with the capital city's outlying district of Me Linh to launch free health check-ups and management for residents.

The Me Linh District People's Committee has planned to provide free health checkups and management for 180,600 of the total 250,000 residents. The budget for the program is more than VND20 billion (US$853,000), mainly from social sources, according to the committee.

 Chairman of the Hanoi People's Council Nguyen Ngoc Tuan makes a speech at the launch. Photo: The Hanoi Department of Health

At the launching ceremony, Chairman of the Hanoi People's Council Nguyen Ngoc Tuan underlined that this is a practical and meaningful activity in ensuring social welfare, especially for those living in disadvantaged circumstances.

“The program is aimed at promptly detecting disease cases, providing healthcare advice, making electronic health management records for residents, and reducing the burden of medical examination and treatment for upper-level medical facilities,” Tuan said.

To make the program effective, Chairman Tuan called on Me Linh authorities to focus on implementing the inspection and management plan. After evaluating the results, the city will consider replicating this model in other localities in the city.

The program involves a team of medical staff and doctors from centrally-run Hanoi hospitals who promote medical ethics and closely coordinate with Me Linh District's authorities to organize health check-ups and ensure that people enjoy the maximum benefits of the program, Tuan said.

"Program beneficiaries will be screened for blood pressure, respiratory, vision, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, musculoskeletal, neurological, psychiatric, dermatological, and other diseases," Tuan said.

For people over 45 years of age, capillary blood sugar and general abdominal ultrasound tests will be performed as prescribed by the doctor. Cases of abnormal pathology are supported with monitoring or transfer to the hospital for intensive examination and treatment. In addition, people can also consult doctors about their health, treatment methods, appropriate diet, and so on.