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The event, which attracted the participation of Vietnamese Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, the French Ambassador to Vietnam, as well as Vietnamese and French health experts, focused on the control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The event also emphasised the importance of the Ngay Dau Tien project in realising the target of having 95 per cent of grass-roots healthcare centres doing management, prevention, and treatment of some NCDs before 2025 in line with Resolution No.20-NQ/TW.
“Over the past years, Vietnam and French medical co-operation has been growing stronger. And the Vietnam-France medical journey is one among the countries’ deep co-operation activities, helping Vietnamese doctors update medical information and increase knowledge. This is also a chance for the two sides to share experience and update information about NCD diagnosis and treatment,” said Tien.
According to Tien, together with rapid economic growth, Vietnam is facing a big burden from diseases, including NCDs and communicable diseases. NCDs make up around 70 per cent of Vietnam’s disease burden and cause 77 per cent of total deaths in the country.
To prevent and control NCDs in general, as well as heart disease and diabetes in particular, the Vietnamese government has launched the Vietnam Health Programme with 11 solutions. Moreover, the ministry is also focusing primary healthcare at grass-roots health centres, while renewing financial mechanism so as to achieve the target of universal health coverage.
During the event, medical experts of the two sides shared their experience and knowledge about reasons for and how to prevent hypertension, obesity, and diabetes among the locals, and other medical issues of mutual concerns.
In the upcoming time, the bilateral medical co-operation will focus on training, preventive healthcare, experience sharing, and creating opportunities for French firms to expand to and in Vietnam.
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