A two-day national conference on paediatrics in Hue city, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, has reviewed the care for children in Vietnam and updated advances in the field.

The 21st event, opened on May 16, brought together over 200 scientists and doctors from Vietnam, Japan, Hong Kong (China), Singapore, the US, Australia, and Sweden.

Three plenary sessions and 13 workshops were held, focusing on child-related nutrition, respiration, digestion, and immunity issues.

Foreign speakers presented latest technologies in paediatrics at the function.

Nguyen Cong Khanh, Chairman of the Vietnam Paediatrics Association said from now to 2020, the health sector strives to reduce the under-five mortality rate to below 16 per 1,000 live births.

It also aims to cut the proportion of children under five who suffer from obesity to below 5 percent in rural areas and below 10 percent in major cities.-VNA