A workshop on cooperation in health technology was held in Hanoi on March 21 by Japan’s Nagoya University, the Japanese daily Nikkei in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and Vietnam’s Ministry of Health and Bach Mai Hospital.

Addressing the event, Deputy Health Minister Le Quang Cuong highlighted effectiveness of bilateral cooperation programmes in health care between Vietnamese agencies and foreign partners.

He said he hopes for the further development of cooperation in health care, particularly cancer prevention and treatment between Asian countries as well as between Vietnam and Japan.

According to the official, despite considerable upgrade of facilities in recent years, hospitals in Vietnam can handle about 25 percent of all cancer cases.

Cancer is one of the leading fatal reasons in the world and Vietnam. The country has around 150,000 new cancer cases and 75,000 deaths of the disease each year.

The Vietnam-Japan digestive endoscopy centre was set up in July 2014 at Bach Bach Mai hospital with financial assistance from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and technical support from Nagoya University.-VNA