Scene at the ceremony unveiling a statue of Marie Curie at the Hanoi-based Vietnam National Cancer Hospital (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Hanoi-based Vietnam National Cancer Hospital unveiled a statue of Marie Curie on August 9 to honour the scientist’s contributions to science and to cancer treatment.

This was part of activities marking 45 years of the Vietnam – France relations and 25 years of the signing of a health cooperation agreement between the two governments.

Speaking at a ceremony, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien stressed health is a pillar in collaboration between Vietnam and France.

According to her, France has help trained more than 4,500 Vietnamese doctors. The two countries health bodies signed a letter of intent on a series of activities, including human resources training for Vietnam, communicable disease prevention, communal health, and preventive healthcare. The pact also covered the building of policy and legal framework for blood transfusion and organ implant in Vietnam.

The 2,400-bed hospital is a leading facility in its field, currently operating three modern branches. It was originated from the Institut Curie de L'Indochine (Curie Institute of Indochina), which was established by a French scientist in Hanoi on October 19, 1923. From France, Marie Curie, who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity and obtained two Nobel prizes in physics and mathematics, provided her support to the establishment since its early days. 

Vietnam is estimated to see 126,000 new cases of cancer each year, with the number of related deaths amounting to some 94,000 annually.-VNA