City directs schools to monitor health of students.
The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training has requested all schools conduct health checks on their students. It directed schools to cooperate with suitably-qualified health check units to manage students’ health thoroughly.
Schools are also required to ensure food safety at canteens, which must follow health standards. Food must come from qualified suppliers that provide clean food and food safety.
All students are to have a health notebook and documents so that teachers can monitor their health. If students have a health problem while they are in school they should be treated first then moved to a health centre if necessary.
The school needs to cooperate with health units to take care of and treat students who have chronic diseases. Parents should be notified of their child’s condition so related parties have clear communications and can establish a treatment plan.
In the 2013-2014 school year, there were some incidents at schools relating to health. One involved a sixth grader that fainted and then died, after the teacher used a ruler to hit him on his hand. The family said he had epilepsy, but this was not known by the teacher. Early this year, 64 students at Nguyen Thanh Tuyen Primary School in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 3 got food poisoning.