Ho Chi Minh City seeks to boost medical cooperation with US

Saturday, 2018-06-16 08:24:34
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Vice Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee Tran Vinh Tuyen (R) and US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink. (Photo: hcmcpv.org.vn)
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NDO/VNA – Ho Chi Minh City welcomes US enterprises’ interest in the city’s medical sector and looks for specific bilateral cooperation, said Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Tran Vinh Tuyen.

Tuyen made the remark while receiving a delegation of US medical businesses, led by US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink, on June 15.

He informed his guests on achievements secured by the city in public health and medical care.

The official said the local health sector needs support from foreign partners, including those from the US, to complete its missions, particularly in improving the quality of medical check-up and treatment, preventing diseases, and developing healthcare network.

Tuyen said the city wants to discuss cooperation in the form of public private partnership (PPP) with US businesses in medical infrastructure, and science and technological application in medical treatment.

He noted that challenges to the city, such as improving the quality of grassroots health facilities, overcrowded hospitals, and application of medical technologies, present opportunities for cooperation between the sides.

For his part, Kritenbrink said US medical firms and Vietnam in general and HCM City in particular share the common goals of improving quality of medical care for the public, implementing HIV/AIDS control programmes, developing grassroots health facilities, and tackling health issues at international level.

He said the US appreciates Vietnam’s approach to health matters and US medical companies want to step up cooperation with Vietnam and HCM City in experience exchange of health service and technology development.

The diplomat said the US firms accompanying him are leading suppliers of medical services, medicine and medical equipment in the US.

They are interested in PPP projects in the city and are willing to work with local authorities in bettering public health care amid increasing population and income, Kritenbrink added.

Both sides agreed to promote connectivity and coordination in order to quickly turn opportunities into specific projects in medical infrastructure development, high-quality medicine and services supply, high-tech application in medical treatment, and digitisation of healthcare information.