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Implementation of the solutions on preventing serious impacts of COVID-19 pandemic to children

10/09/2021

On September 8th, the Ministry of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs in cooperation with the United Nations Child’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization held a virtual Conference to evaluate and implement some solutions on child care, protection and education in the context of COVID-19 pandemic. Attending the Conference were representatives from ministries, sectors, international organizations, and Leaders from the DOLISA and relating Departments of 20 provinces, cities that have been the hotspot of COVID-19.

At the meeting, Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Ha acknowledged the timely implementation of the policies supporting children who are F0, F1, and pregnant, women whose babies are under 6 years old. She also said that more than 108.000 people and children who are F1 have been supported financial assistance for food with nearly 116 billion VND. From April 2020, MOLISA, UNICEF, and relating organization have built and published 13 guiding documents; 200.000 communication publications was composed and delivered to the isolation areas, families, communities; hundreds of articles, radio and television programs communication on child care, protection and education have been published and broadcast on the mass media and social networks; mental health care, psychosocial care for children was soon paid attention…; The Minister of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs issued Official Dispatch No. 04/CD-LDTBXH directing localities to strengthen child protection and care during the COVID-19 pandemic and child accident,  injury, and drowning prevention and control.

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According to the report at the Conference, many children have been seriously impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic both physical and mental impact. During the pandemic, the situation of domestic violence, child sexual abuse, child labour, and child abuse in network environment have been at the risk of increasing.
Thus, Mr. Dang Hoa Nam, Director General of the Department of Child Affairs (MOLISA) recommended that the provincial/municipal People’s Committees should prioritize for care, treatment for the case of children who are F0, F1; prioritize vaccinates for the staff who care children in the social protection institution, caring children institution; as well as, research and produce the vaccine for children as soon as possible.
From the provinces/cities that have been the hotspots of COVID-19, the representatives of the localities shared the difficulties and the recommendations for the better implementation of child care, protection and education in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the representatives, despite the complicated movement of the pandemic, the localities always prioritize all resources in order to implement the best support for children impacted by the COVID-19.
Mrs. Lesley Miller, Vice Head Representative of UNICEF in Vietnam, said that the best interests, rights, and protections for children must be prioritized in all policies, decisions and guidelines related to prevention and control the COVID-19 pandemic – child-centred. The communication and raising public awareness campaigns should be continued. Frontline officials and staff in contact with children need to be urgently equipped with knowledge and skills to protect children.
At the Conference, Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Ha emphasized the major duties, solutions. It is necessary to seriously implement the regulation and standard on ensuring safety, prevention and combat COVID-19 infection for children. The localities should prioritize treatment and care for children who are infected COVID-19… The localities should quickly deploy and simplify the procedure and create the best condition to receive assistance policies for the pregnant, labourer who raising children under 6 years old, children who are F1, F0, children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Besides this, the establishment and connection, widening the network of public service and volunteer on guiding, providing the direct and online health care services for children should be implemented. Moreover, the work of updating and communicating to each household about the knowledge, skills of the mental care and psychosocial care, prevention and solving the case of violence, child abuse, child accidents and injuries should be paid attention.
On this occasion, Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Ha thanked UNICEF, WHO and the international organizations for their support recently. As well as, the Deputy Minister hoped that UNICEF, WHO and international organizations, the foreign affairs agencies in Vietnam would continue to mobilize, support the vaccine resource for protecting children from COVID-19 pandemic in the forthcoming time.
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