Ministry of Health and Sports is implementing the National Health Plan (2017-2021) step by step and plans to cover more than 300 townships during five years.
Under the National Health Plan, the ministry will implement it in 328 townships—75 townships in 2017-2018 fiscal year, 82 in 2018-2019 FY, 83 in 2019-2020 FY and 88 townships in 2020-2021 FY.
According to the basic facts collected in 2015-2016 FY, there were 50 deaths of infant and children under five, per 1,000 live births. The infant mortality rate is relatively high compared to those in neighbouring countries. About 60 per cent of the under-five mortality is infant death. The ministry will pay special attention to infant healthcare as the number of infant deaths during the first 24 hours is the highest.
An official from the National Health Plan said: “This year, the ministry has chosen more than 70 townships to provide health departments with medicines and medical equipment, to reconstruct rural health departments and branches, carry out repair works and to fill vacant seats. Under the plan, the ministry mainly focuses on infrastructure and human resource development and the supply of medicines and medical equipment.”