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Medical experts discuss strategies to curb respiratory diseases

HCM CITY (Vietnam News/ANN) -- The healthcare sector is adapting to new medical trends to meet higher public expectations for healthcare quality, the head of the Ministry of Health’s Preventive Medicine Department Tran Dac Phu said.
The health official said the sector had seen remarkable progress in raising people’s health awareness, but most Vietnamese still “prefer self-diagnosis and self-treatment using Google.”

Experts discuss the importance of comprehensive management of respiratory diseases in adults and children at a medical forum held last weekend in HCM City. --Photo Vietnam News

“They would rather buy medicine without prescriptions at drugstores and not comply with doctors’ prescriptions,” Phu said at a medical forum on respiratory diseases held last weekend in Hanoi and HCM City.
At the forum, experts discussed the importance of combining prevention and treatment in the comprehensive management of respiratory diseases in adults and children.
This is especially important amid the complexity of antibiotic resistance, the recurrence of epidemics in children, and the increasing rate of chronic diseases like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), they said.
Also discussed were treatment of community-acquired respiratory tract infections based on microbiology and clinical pharmacology, and proper use of antibiotics to prevent antimicrobial resistance.
The evidence-based treatment method for ear, nose and throat infections to minimize antibiotic resistance was also cited as important.
Management and control of chronic diseases like asthma and COPD and an immunisation programme to prevent respiratory infections are also essential in the treatment and prevention of respiratory disease.
At the event, experts noted that pollution, unhealthy diets and lifestyles, and a lack of physical exercise among Vietnamese were contributing to a higher incidence of disease, especially respiratory ailments.
Vietnamese tend to visit doctors when their condition already deteriorates, making treatment more difficult, they said.
In addition, patients fail to comply with their doctors’ instructions, regularly skipping doses whey they begin to feel better. This increases antibiotic resistance, or results in serious complications afterwards.

(Latest Update June 13, 2019)

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