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Life little healthier in settlements

A REPORT by the Programme for Health Support in Disadvantaged Communities shows that some of the Roma who inhabit Slovakia’s shantytowns are taking better care of their children’s health, but still tend to neglect the health and hygiene of adults, the Sme daily wrote.

A REPORT by the Programme for Health Support in Disadvantaged Communities shows that some of the Roma who inhabit Slovakia’s shantytowns are taking better care of their children’s health, but still tend to neglect the health and hygiene of adults, the Sme daily wrote.

The report states that health issues related to unhealthy dietary habits, smoking and alcohol are increasingly present in shantytowns.

Officials from the regional health offices report that the Roma living there are paying more attention to annual check-ups for their children, and that going to the doctor has become more common among pregnant women, too.

The vaccination rate has also increased. Regional officers attribute this to local field workers, Sme wrote.

But hygiene standards in the settlements continue to decline, according to the report.

The project was financed in 2007 and 2008 by the Health Ministry, but the second phase, from 2009 to 2015, will be financed by regional health offices.

Over €300,000 has been spent on the project so far, Sme reported.

There are only 30 field workers assisting the Roma settlements, the daily noted.


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