Participants in the workshop pose for a photo (Photo: suckhoedoisong.vn) Hanoi (VNA) – Health of migrants in Vietnam was the focus of a workshop held in Hanoi on December 10 by the Ministry of Health (MoH), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the World Health Organisation. Cao Hung Thai, Deputy Director of the MoH’s Department for Medical Examination and Treatment Management, cited an IOM report in 2016 as saying that there were about 2.6 million Vietnamese living and working overseas. Meanwhile, data in 2015 of the General Statistics Office show that the percentage of domestic migration was 13.6 percent. The rapid increase in population movement around the world, as well as in Vietnam, has had major impact on community health, he said, noting that the MoH recognised the importance of migrants’ health and pledged to implement the World Health Assembly’s Resolution 70.15 on promoting the health of refugees and migrants. To achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, migrants’ health must be fully ensured, Thai added. Brett Dickson from IOM Vietnam said international standards and conventions on human rights were issued to protect migrants and refugees’ rights, including the right to health. However, a number of… Read full this story
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