Around 3,000 Vietnamese doctors have received training at France’s hospitals over the past 25 years - Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Paris (VNA) – Vietnam’s Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien has granted insignias “For the Health of the People” to 30 French medical experts for their contributions to Vietnam’s health sector.

The granting ceremony took place within the framework of a conference to review 25 years of the two countries’ cooperation in the care for public health at Sorbonne University in Paris on June 15.

In the past 25 years, more than 20 programmes were held in the fields of doctor training, technology transfer, public and preventive health, and scientific research. Around 3,000 Vietnamese doctors were trained at France’s hospitals, while many French professors taught at medical universities in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong city and Thua Thien-Hue province.

Vietnam also contributes three members to the Pasteur Institute network, namely the Ho Chi Minh City Pasteur Institute, Nha Trang Pasteur Institute and National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology.

Minister Tien revealed that a new cooperative agreement will be signed between the two ministries in late 2018, with the priority given to training of health workers; scientific research on infections, pharmacy and vaccine; investment in producing drugs and vaccine; health management; and primary healthcare.

Experts at the conference agreed that in 2018, the two countries maintain their diverse cooperation. However, cooperation methods will change due to the appearance of new diseases related to the environment and population aging, bigger expectations of the society for the health sector, and climate change threats.-VNA