Vietnam, France look to foster health link

Tuesday, 2018-06-19 11:39:14
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Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien (R) and French Minister of Solidarities and Health Agnès Buzyn sign letter of intent on cooperation between the two ministries (Source: VNA)
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NDO/VNA - Vietnam and France signed a range of cooperation agreements in health during a working visit to France by Vietnamese Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien from June 13-17 at the invitation of French Minister of Solidarities and Health Agnès Buzyn.

During their talks on June 14, the two ministers applauded the two countries’ fruitful cooperation in health over the last 25 years, especially France’s help in training over 3,000 Vietnamese doctors in France and 1,500 postgraduate doctors in Vietnam.

Preventive medicine and public health are also the outstanding cooperation fields between the two sides with exchange programmes of Vietnam’s Pasteur institutes and those of France in preventing infectious diseases such as SARS, H5N1, H1N1, measles, dengue and hand-foot and mouth disease.

The officials discussed prospects for bilateral health cooperation in the coming time.

They also focused on sharing experiences in the field as Vietnam is looking to improve the quality of health examinations and treatment and reform the hospital system, while France is also enhancing the management of public expenditure in its health sector, improving medical benefits for low-income people.

On the occasion, the ministers signed a letter of intent on cooperation, stating that two sides agree to strengthen their partnership in the training of medical staff for Vietnam, preventing infectious diseases, improving public health and preventive medicine, and building policies and legal frameworks for transfusion and transplant activities.

Minister Tien attended the France-Vietnam health workshop in Sorbonne, worked with representatives from the French Medical Council, and visited the French National Blood Service (EFS), Pasteur Paris Institute, Pitie-Salpetriere.

The Vietnamese official witnessed the signing of a letter of intent for cooperation between Vietnam’s National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion and French National Blood Service (EFS), and the cooperation agreement between Hanoi Medical University and Paris 13 University for training, research and student exchange.