At the signing ceremony (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam National Coordinating Centre for Human Organ Transplantation (VNHOT) and Vietnam Airlines signed an agreement on supporting tissue and organ transportation by air in Hanoi on July 31.

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Viet Tien spoke highly of the national flag carrier’s support for the VNHOT’s tissue and organ logistics.

He expressed his hope that with this agreement, the two sides will coordinate more closely in a responsible, scientific, and effective manner to help bring a second chance in life to more patients nationwide.

Vietnam Airlines General Director Duong Tri Thanh said the firm will give the best possible conditions for the transportation, including free transportation for boxes containing tissues and organs. To ensure timely transport, it has also set up a specific process for tissue and organ transportation and quick response teams to deal with emergencies.

VNHOT Director Trinh Hong Son noted that a good level of preservation of tissues and organs as well as limited transportation times are some of the prerequisites for successful transplants.

Since 2015, the VNHOT and Vietnam Airlines have worked together to transport tissues and organs on five flights, saving eight patients. 

They include flights on September 4, 2015 and April 26, 2016 to carry two hearts and two livers from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. Another flight delivered a heart and a kidney from Hanoi to HCM City on February 26, 2018. Two hearts were also transported from Hanoi to Hue city on May 16 and June 14 by air this year. –VNA