Migrants at a wholesale market in Hà Nội. — Photo cholaodonghn HÀ NỘI — Local and international experts discussed measures to improve health of migrants at a workshop held by the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organisation and the International Organisation for Migration in Hà Nội on Tuesday. Speaking at the event, deputy director of the health ministry’s Administration of Medical Examination Cao Hưng Thái said the rapid growth of population migration in the world as well as in Việt Nam impacts public health and requires proper response from the health sector. “International human rights standards and conventions have been developed to protect the rights of migrants and refugees, including the rights to the health of migrants. However, many refugees and migrants often have limited access to health services and lack of financial protection for their health. Lack of universal health coverage can lead to high expenses for refugees and migrants, many of them had to pay their own pockets for medical services,” said Thái. “I believe that the workshop will provide direction, plan priorities in the next phase to enhance access and use of health care services for migrants.” Participants agreed the majority of migrants were young and healthy but… Read full this story
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