Hanoi spreads health screening for pregnant women, infants hinh anh 1Women breast-feed children at the "Mother's Milk – Life Rewarded" project held at the Vietnamese Women's Museum in Ha Noi. Photo: VNA

Hanoi has carried out a project on health screening for pregnant women and infants since the beginning of the year in a bid to mitigate the number of children born with deformities and give timely treatment for congenital abnormalities from their early stage.

As a result, 44.74 percent of local pregnant women and 61.89 percent of newborn babies have thus far received the medical tests.

Statistics from the General Department of Population and Family Planning show that among about one million children born each year nationwide, between 22,000 and 30,000 suffer from congenital defects.

In the period from 2016-2020, Vietnam will prioritise health care services for women of child-bearing age, pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers and children under five living in disadvantaged areas.-VNA