Vietnamese people are zinc deficient at an alarming rate, especially pregnant women and young children.
The information was announced on Monday at a symposium to welcome Việt Nam Micronutrient Day (June 1-2).
A survey conducted in 2015 showed that nearly 70 per cent of children under five suffer from zinc deficiency. Children from mountainous areas are most affected, at 80.8 per cent. The figures are 71.6 per cent for children in rural areas and 49.7 per cent for children in urban areas.