India, Vietnam promote cooperation in diabetes management

16:00 | 30/03/2021 Society

(VEN) - India and Vietnam will step up cooperation in diabetes management via exchange of information on latest knowledge and treatments of the condition between doctors of both countries.

Indian Ambassador Pranay Verma speaks at the India-Vietnam webinar on diabetes management held March 27 in Ho Chi Minh City

This was stressed at a webinar titled “India-Vietnam Thematic Partnership On Diabetes” organised on March 27 in Ho Chi Minh City by the Consulate General of India in collaboration with the Ho Chi Minh City Medical Association (HMA).

The webinar was attended by 8 experts and more than 1,000 doctors from both countries.

At the webinar, professors and experts from India and Vietnam presented information on latest developments related to diabetes in Asia, including: the early onset of Type 2 Diabetes; fatty liver disease in diabetic patients; risk factors and clinical profile of Asian diabetic patient with a focus on the similarities between Vietnamese and Indian patients; “Young diabetics - the same?”; and “Are Asian diabetics different from Caucasian diabetics?”.

A Vietnamese doctor provided insights into the Diabetic Foot Program, reflecting the endeavours of the specialists in Vietnam to coordinate a multidisciplinary action to care for this common complication and improve its prognosis.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Dung, President of Ho Chi Minh City Medical Association, thanked the Consulate General of India in Ho Chi Minh City for co-organizing the webinar. She said it was timely initiative, given that both countries were suffering from increasing burdens related to diabetes.

Indian ambassador to Vietnam Pranay Verma said that the seminar would be a “good discussion on an important disease which not only has much prevalence both in India and Vietnam, but also one whose numbers are increasing day by day due to changes in our lifestyles.

“To talk about diabetes prevalence in India, our capital New Delhi is considered the ‘Diabetes Capital’ of the world. Our prevalence of diabetes is about 11.8% and just like in Vietnam, the highest prevalence is in the 70-79 age group,” he said.

Mr. Verma continued: “In India, we have taken steps through medical advancement, health awareness and the National Diabetes Control Programme to bring down the prevalence of Diabetes.

“Today, at the forum, the doctors from India are quite renowned in the field of diabetes. I am also aware that all the doctors have contributed large numbers of research articles to the International Diabetes Society. The doctors from Vietnam are also quite competent in their own fields.”

The webinar is expected to promote strong cooperation between the medical fraternity of both countries and also explore training in advanced medical and surgical care in India for doctors/nurses/ paramedical staff from Vietnam.

My Phung