Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien addresses the meeting (Source: VNA) 

Geneva (VNA) – Vietnam has actively contributed to global health issues during the 139th meeting of the governing bodies of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said.

During an interview granted to Geneva-basedVietnam News Agency correspondents, Minister Tien, who attended the meeting on May 30-31 in Geneva, Switzerland said Vietnam shared its experience in tackling newly emerged diseases such as Ebola and MERS-CoV.

Over the past years, the health sector has successfully prevented the diseases from penetrating Vietnam, Tien said, adding that this has been highly appreciated by the United Nations and international community.

Vietnam has focused on developing local-level healthcare facilities across the nation to ensure initial health care services for all people, thus effectively implementing the national target programmes on public health, the Minister said.

Vietnam will make more contributions to the development of the global medical system, thus getting more international attention in developing and implementating relevant policies in developing and regional nations, Tien said.

The WHO Executive Board comprises 34 members from six regions, including Vietnam and Fiji in the West Pacific region for the tenure from 2016-2019.-VNA