Health sector in HCMC manages non-communicable diseases via project

After three-year implementation of the project “For a healthy heart of community”, around 58 percent of residents aged over 40 have been screened for high blood pressure.

A woman is measured blood pressure gratis (Photo: SGGP)

A woman is measured blood pressure gratis (Photo: SGGP)

The information was released at a meeting organized by the Department of Health in Ho Chi Minh City and international, nonprofit global health organization PATH yesterday.
Moreover, 63 percent of city dwellers have known their blood pressure measurement. 16,455 people have been diagnosed to have hypertension including 11,847 outpatients.
Deputy Director of the Department of Health Nguyen Huu Hung said from 2016, the project staffs have measured and monitored blood pressure for residents in four districts 8, 12, Go Vap, and Thu Duc.
Free blood pressure measurement stations in cafeterias, nail salons, people are encouraged to test their blood pressure plus extensive consultation of project collaborators who have helped people to understand their disease clearly.
Especially, the project uses software eHTN.Tracker to manage medical record of people with non-communicable diseases. The software allows medical workers to easily keep track on inpatients in grass- root health facilities.
Moreover, the software also connects with message to patients reminding them to follow treatment procedure to take care of themselves.
Deputy Head of the Preventive Health Department under the Ministry of Health Truong Dinh Bac said that the project has facilitated people to access to medical services.
Additionally, the project has called for the participation of collaborators in communities who work to increase access to medical services.
Results and experiences from the project will pave the way for the Ministry of Health to develop the community-based non-communicable disease management model to meet primary healthcare demand of million of people, Dr. Bac said.

By THANH AN - Translated by ANH QUAN

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