Health Ministry’s department, Bayer sign communication programme on stroke prevention hinh anh 1At the signing ceremony (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - The Ministry of Health’s Medical Services Administration (MSA) and Bayer Vietnam have signed a communication programme on stroke prevention for the community in Vietnam in the 2021-23 period.

The cooperation programme aims to improve the community’s awareness about disease prevention in general and stroke prevention and control in particular. As part of the programme, MSA and Bayer Vietnam will develop an electronic communication portal that will provide accurate information and useful medical knowledge about stroke prevention and treatment.

The electronic information channel will provide important information on strokes to the community such as causes, symptoms, treatments and recommendations for general stroke prevention through lifestyle changes and treatment compliance.

The portal, which is linked to the current website of the MSA, will regularly update information on building a healthy lifestyle, stroke prevention and health improvement and raise public awareness about strokes. The reliable source of information will be a useful tool to help doctors in advising patients about disease prevention in general and strokes in particular.

MSA Director Luong Ngoc Khue said that implementing the National Strategy on Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases for 2013-20 and developing a strategy for the next period was one of the important focuses of the health sector in the coming years.

Health experts said that strokes are the leading cause of disability and the third most common cause of death in Vietnam. Each year, there are about 200,000 stroke cases, of which about 50 percent of patients died. Although many people are fortunate to survive the stroke, they still suffer severe sequels, even losing working ability, creating burdens on families and society. Normally, strokes are common in people 50 years of age and older, but the age of people suffering strokes is getting younger. Specifically, the rate of young and middle-aged people makes up about one-third of all stroke cases.

According to statistics in hospitals, the average rate of strokes among young people increases by about 2 percent per year, of which the number of men is four times higher than that of women. That is why it is essential and important to increase access to information on stroke prevention and treatment./.