Visitors get consultation on medicine at the Medi-Pharm Da Nang expo 2018 (Photo: VNA)

Da Nang (VNA) – The International Medical and Pharmaceutical Exhibition in Da Nang (Medi-Pharm Da Nang) opened at the Da Nang Fair and Exhibition Centre in the central city on July 18.

The 5,000sq.m exhibition features 200 booths run by 150 domestic and foreign producers, including those from China, Germany, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the US, Singapore, and the Netherlands.

On display is a variety of pharmaceuticals and supplementary foods, medical equipment and software, hospital furniture, dental and ophthalmology instruments, chemicals and medical testing equipment, beauty products and equipment, and more.

In his remarks at the opening ceremony, Deputy Minister of Health Truong Quoc Cuong said the fair is an opportunity to introduce new medical advances at home and overseas to the public. It paves the way for producers in the industry to promote themselves to one another, seeking partnerships, joint ventures, and technological transfers, he noted. By expanding their market, he added, this can help improve healthcare services and access for the public.

The event, the first edition of its kind, is held under the theme of promoting joint efforts to improve community health, particularly the health of ethnic minority people in central Vietnam and the Central Highlands.

A series of workshops are scheduled to take place as part of the fair’s framework, holding discussions on Vietnam’s market for medical equipment, trends and opportunities, the control and prevention of Hepatitis B and C, primary healthcare providers, and prevention of cancers, heart diseases, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

An event for blood donation will also be organised alongside educational workshops instructing people on how to respond in emergency situations and presenting medical devices and medicines to ethnic minority people in the region.

The Medi-Pharm Da Nang is co-hosted by the Vietnam Advertisement and Fair Exhibition JSC, Vietnam Medical Import-Export JSC, Vietnam Medical Equipment Association, Ho Chi Minh Medical Equipment Association, and Vietnam Association of Preventive Medicine. It will run until July 21. –VNA