Reducing child mortality rates a top priority
At a workshop on implementing an action plan for improving children’s lives in
He emphasised the need for each locality to conduct surveys and have its own action plan to protect children’s lives, with a national programme target of reducing the mortality rate of children under five to below 18% and that of newborn babies to less than 10%.
A special focus should be put on reducing the mortality rate of newborn babies, which represents around 70% of all child mortality, said Dinh Thi Phuong Hoa from the Public Health University.
The mortality rate of newborns can be reduced from 6-42% with timely emergency treatment and 55-87% for early breastfed cases, she said.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said around 28,000 children die under the age of five, including 16,000 newborns die in