14:16 | 31/05/2015 Society
(VEN) - At the 68th World Health Assembly in Geneva (Switzerland) which took place from May 18-26, 2015, Vietnam’s Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien highlighted the precious achievements that the Vietnamese health sector has obtained in terms of medical system development, increasing people’s life expectancy and expanding medical insurance coverage.
Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien stressed that Vietnam has step by step built a sustainable medical care system, including both specialized and generalized health care programs. Vietnam was one of the few countries recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) for its National Regulatory Authority - NRA system in producing vaccines that met the organization’s standards. The WHO in the Western Pacific Ocean region has recently also said Vietnam has made great progresses in preparations for urgent public medical circumstances.
According to the health minister, three groups of policies on the sustainable reform of Vietnam’s medical system include the reform of health sector’s financial mechanism to ensure justice in health care activities based on the development of the socialist-oriented market economy; building medical infrastructure; and developing highly-skilled human resources in the health sector closely linked with science and technology development and applications.
In reality, the health sector has paid attention to developing some modern hospitals at the central level combined with completing medical infrastructure of hospitals at provincial and lower levels; offering home doctor services to provide early health care and make sure that everyone could easily access high quality medical services. The sector has also focused on developing highly-skilled human resources; deployed a network of medical staff to villages, especially in high mountainous regions; encouraged the development of traditional medicine combined with modern health care; and implemented scientific and technical transfers from upper to lower levels to ease overloads at central-level hospitals and reduce costs for patients.
Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien attended the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation, information exchange and improving capabilities in supervising and fighting epidemics in the Mekong Delta countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and China at the 68th World Health Assembly. The signing was aimed to strengthen coordination to better implement universal health care, achieve universal health insurance coverage, and ensure quality and persification of medical services of countries in the region.
With the role of a chairwoman of the ASEAN Health Minister Forum since the ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting and relevant conferences were held in Hanoi in September, 2014, Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien showed the commitments of Vietnam and other member countries to build a strong community. One of their goals was “Better health for ASEAN community after 2015” so that the health sector will become an important component that contributes to the general prosperity of the ASEAN community./.
By Thanh Tam