APEC 2017: Medical work prepared thoroughly hinh anh 1Vinmec International Hospital in Da Nang (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The health sector has been ready to serve the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week scheduled to take place in the central city of Da Nang from November 6-11.

The statement was made by Luong Ngoc Khue, head of the Health Ministry’s Medical Examination and Treatment Department which is in charge of overseeing the medical work at the event.

Khue said around 500 medical workers, including high-profile doctors, nurses and technicians in such leading hospitals as Huu Nghi, Viet Duc, Bach Mai, Cho Ray and Vinmec Hanoi, have been called for the Week – the most important event of the APEC Year 2017 hosted by Vietnam.

Hospitals in the city and neighbouring localities have plans to assign their personnel to join in emergency tasks in case there are those who get sick or injured.

The sector has prepared two additional ambulances with sufficient equipment and medicine, Khue stated, adding that a plan to carry patients by helicopter for treatment in other places or abroad was also put on place.

Three working groups from the ministry have checked food safety and hygiene practices at 49 hotels assigned to serve the event, Khue said.

The APEC Economic Leaders’ Week is expected to bring together heads of state and around 10,000 delegates from 21 APEC member economies.

Established in 1989, APEC comprises Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the US, and Vietnam.-VNA