Int’l health experts praise Vietnam’s handling of Covid-19 epidemic

10:30 | 13/03/2020 Events

(VEN) - International health organizations have given Vietnam good grades on its measures to prevent and control the spread of the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

intl health experts praise vietnams handling of covid 19 epidemic

Preventing and controlling the epidemic

At a recent meeting between Vietnam’s National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control and representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long briefed participants on the measures aimed at strict control of the epidemic. All ministries, agencies and localities have joined the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic in accordance with synchronous directions from the central level.

Nguyen Thanh Long said Vietnam has focused on early detection and treatment of infection cases, while urgently implementing the task of isolation and quarantine of the epidemic-hit area. In addition, treatment methods have been constantly improved and Vietnam has developed an effective treatment plan for infected patients.

WHO and CDC representatives have praised the Vietnamese government’s determination as well as its comprehensive and effective measures in the fight against the epidemic. Based on that assessment, the CDC decided to remove Vietnam from the list of destinations vulnerable to community transmission of Covid-19.

At the special meetings of the ASEAN Coordinating Council (ACC) and the ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers held in Laos to discuss to how to respond to Covid-19, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh proposed joint efforts and transparent sharing of information, with effective coordination among agencies at both national and regional levels, as well as international cooperation. He also called for more support for nationals of ASEAN member countries in need, along with mutual trust. Vietnam will continue to promote effective cooperation within ASEAN and with ASEAN and partners, especially China, in Covid-19 fighting, Minh pledged.

intl health experts praise vietnams handling of covid 19 epidemic

Promoting trade and production activities

According to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s conclusions at a recent meeting of the Standing Board of the Government, in addition to a key task of the prevention and control of Covid-19, promoting trade and production activities is also a top priority.

PM Phuc asked ministries, departments and localities to update the epidemic situation and propose solutions to achieve the nation’s 2020 targets. He requested the State Bank of Vietnam, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Ministry of Transport to provide support packages for businesses, and urged localities to strengthen directions to overcome difficulties and maintain stability.

Under the prime minister’s direction, the tourism industry is launching a tourism stimulus program, with the message “Vietnam is a safe travel destination”. The Vietnam Tourism Association has also cooperated with Vietnam Airlines to launch the “Hello Sun” program, calling on businesses to work together to give visitors a complete and most secure travel experience.

During a period of health uncertainty, tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Hanoi and Quang Ninh have implemented disinfecting solutions, providing tourists with facemasks and hand gels. Vietnam has also decided to halt visa exemptions for the Republic of Korea (RoK)’s citizens starting February 29, while quarantining all passengers flying to Vietnam from the RoK, or who have passed through the country within 14 days prior to coming to Vietnam. Previously, Vietnam temporarily stopped granting tourist visas to Chinese citizens in epidemic-hit areas, except in urgent cases.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, head of the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, said border gates need to strengthen epidemic prevention measures and continue to closely follow the WHO warnings and recommendations for appropriate response measures.

Hoa Quynh