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A preview of the session (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNS/VNA) – The Vietnamese Ministry of Health hopes that the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will continue to help Vietnam prevent dangerous diseases such as influenza, COVID-19, zoonotic diseases and HIV /AIDS.

The proposal was made by Acting Health Minister Dao Hong Lan on September 6 afternoon during a working session with Eric Dziuban, country director of the US CDC in Vietnam.

Lan pointed out that in the past, the US government, the US Department of Health and the United States CDC supported the Vietnamese government and people with medical equipment and vaccines against COVID-19[feminine].

Health cooperation between the two countries has developed well over the past 25 years, and the partnership with the US CDC is extremely important, she said.

Health cooperation focuses on various important areas such as infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS prevention, the fight against nosocomial infections, resistance to antibiotics and the strengthening of laboratory analysis capacities.

The US CDC has supported Vietnam in the Global Health Security Program, the Field Epidemiology Training Program, and the establishment and operation of the Public Health Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the Ministry of Health and in four regional institutes, she said.

Support projects and technical assistance from the US CDC have improved the effectiveness of disease prevention and surveillance in Vietnam, especially COVID-19, HIV/AIDS prevention, tuberculosis control, antibiotic resistance and global health security,” Lan said.

During the working session, Eric Dziuban highlighted Vietnam’s achievements in the fight against COVID-19.

In a context where the public health landscape is constantly changing, we must continue our work to ensure that Vietnam is prepared on the best possible basis. The US CDC is committed to further fostering health cooperation with Vietnam and achieving the common goal of strengthening national health systems, he said.

The US CDC has provided technical support to Vietnam in monitoring, diagnosing and treating monkeypox as an emerging disease globally, he said.

Since early June 2022, when monkeypox began to spread globally and continued to be declared a global public health emergency by the World Health Organization, the U.S. CDC has worked closely with the Vietnamese Ministry of Health to ensure Vietnam’s preparedness against this disease.

The US CDC is also providing technical assistance in the Vietnam CDC National Development Plans to further strengthen the capacity of the country’s health system./.