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Geneva (VNA) – Deputy Health Minister Le Quang Cuong and a Vietnamese Health Ministry delegation had working sessions with foreign partners on the sidelines of the 71st World Health Assembly held in Geneva, Switzerland from May 21-26.

During a working session with the Ministry of Health and Welfare of the Republic of Korea, both sides agreed to complete bilateral health care cooperation documents scheduled for signing during the upcoming visit by the RoK Minister of Health and Welfare.

The RoK side also pledged to share experience in granting vocational licenses to Vietnamese medical officials.

In another working session, Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Global Tuberculosis Programme Tereza Kasaeva lauded Vietnam’s achievements in tuberculosis prevention.

She wished Vietnam would share its experience with countries hit by the disease and attend the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending Tuberculosis between now and 2030, scheduled for this September in New York.

The Deputy Health Minister also attended a ministerial meeting on ending malaria in the Greater Mekong Sub-region initiated by China and Sri Lanka. Ministers adopted a statement calling for actions to eliminate malaria in the region between now and 2030.

Director of the Health Ministry’s International Cooperation Department Tran Thi Giang Huong met with representatives from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), discussing the IAEA’s support to Vietnam from 2020-2021, including in human resources training, early cancer diagnosis and radiotherapies.

The IAEA and WHO working delegations will arrive in Vietnam in the near future to build a cooperation programme on cancer prevention in the country.

Director of the US’s Resolve to Save Lives Initiative Tom Frieden unveiled a plan to work with Vietnamese partners to build a project on fighting high blood pressure in several Vietnamese cities and provinces.

The initiative’s delegation plans to arrive in Vietnam this July. The project has been successfully piloted in China, Thailand and Sri Lanka.

The Vietnamese Health Ministry delegation met their Thai counterparts to discuss Vietnam’s plan to host the 10th Asia-Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health Conference slated for this November.

On the sidelines of the World Health Assembly, Vietnam co-sponsored the Republic of Korea (RoK) and Sweden’s initiative to hold an event on antibiotic resistance, during which Huong shared Vietnam’s efforts in fighting antibiotic resistance.

Director of the National Lung Hospital Nguyen Viet Nhung joined an executive board of a sideline event on looking to end tuberculosis to achieve all-population health care coverage initiated by South Africa and Russia.

The Vietnamese delegation made active contributions to the World Health Assembly’s agenda, proving the country’s responsibility and heightened role in the most important forum on global health care, raising developing countries’ voice in building and planning global health care policies.-VNA