Nearly 60 per cent of schools in Ho Chi Minh City lack medical workers, Department of Education and Training officials said at a meeting held yesterday to discuss healthcare issues in schools.
|Outside contractors supply the food for schools but cooks don't receive training in food hygiene and safety or get periodic health check-ups(Photo:D.Thuy)|
School administrators said this is because medical workers prefer to work in hospitals where they have the opportunity to practice their skills and get paid better.
Since over half the medical personnel are nurses or pharmacists who do not meet the government’s qualifying criteria, schools pay them from their own funds, they added.
Other delegates said the 1,000 plus schools in the city provide lunch for nearly 500,000 students, but let outside contractors supply the food. The cooks do not receive training in food hygiene and safety or get periodic health checks, they said.
They called on schools to closely monitor the contractors to prevent food poisoning.
Department of Education and Training officials warned they would shut down school canteens that do not scrupulously observe food hygiene and safety regulations.