Ho Chi Minh City is keen to receive further US assistance to care for
patients with terminal diseases and disabilities, and prevent
mother-to-child transmissions of HIV/AIDS.
This was voiced by
Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan while
receiving visiting US Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen
Sebeliush in the city on June 18.
The host hailed Vietnam-US
medical cooperation over the past time, which according to him, has
helped combat the spread of HIV/AIDS in Vietnam.
expressed his belief that US and Vietnamese hospitals will continue
working together in professional areas and scientific research,
contributing to lifting the two countries’ ties to a new height.
Sebeliush said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
are working on a global health security initiative and will work with
the Ho Chi Minh City Pasteur Institute to establish an emergency medical
centre in the future, in an effort to help the city manage epidemics
and emergency cases in the southern region.
She said she believes the two nations’ medical cooperation will bear fruit.
According to CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, the cooperation project
will maximise the capacity of Ho Chi Minh City and 22 southern cities
and provinces in pandemic control by providing medical equipment,
assisting laboratories at the grassroots level, and improving diagnosis
capacity and human resources training in the fight against epidemics.
The same day, Sebeliush toured Children Hospital No. 1, the Centre for
Consultation and Community Assistance in district 4 and a medical
station in Cau Kho precinct, district 1.-VNA