Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam (4th, L) and  Lao Health Minister Bounkong Syhavong (5th, L) (Source: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has suggested Vietnam and Laos step up medical cooperation with more diverse and effective activities in the time ahead to match with the special solidarity between the two countries.

The Vietnamese Government and people always create favourable conditions for cooperation programme and activities between Vietnam and Laos in all fields, including healthcare, Deputy PM Dam said while receiving Lao Health Minister Bounkong Syhavong in Hanoi on June 26.

The Deputy PM noted with pleasure the outcomes of bilateral medical cooperation over the past time, particularly in medical education, training, check-ups and treatment. 

The Vietnamese and Lao Ministries of Health should review collaboration achievements and put forth a specific plan for closer cooperation in the coming time, he said. 

Deputy PM Dam also underscored the need for the two sides to instruct relevant units in building and operating the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Hospitals in Houaphan and Xieng Khouang provinces. 

He urged the two countries to promptly finalise a health cooperation agreement in a bid to facilitate medical quarantine at border gates, thus contributing to fully implementing the “one-stop” model. 

For his part, Minister Syhavong briefed his host on issues discussed by leaders of the Health Ministries to boost and expand medical ties. 
Accordingly, the two sides will focus their collaboration in medical check-ups, training, pharmaceutical production and food hygiene management, he said.  

Annually, health centres in 11 Vietnamese provinces that border Laos receive thousands of Lao patients for treatment.  Eleven Vietnamese medical institutions and a number of leading Vietnamese hospitals have provided training courses for Lao doctors and medical staff.-VNA