APEC health working group hails Vietnam’s theme, priorities
At the event (Source: VNA)
Khanh Hoa (VNA) – Delegates
spoke highly of the theme and priorities set by the host Vietnam at the meeting
of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Health Working Group in Nha
Trang city, the central province of Khanh Hoa on February 24.
The information was revealed by Director
of the Health Ministry’s International Cooperation Department Nguyen Thi Giang
Huong, who is also Vice President of the APEC Health Working Group 2017.
Vietnam proposed the theme of enhancing
the medical system towards universal health coverage and sustainable
development and five priorities, including updating the progress of universal
health coverage, intensifying the fight against emerging epidemic diseases and
antibiotic resistance, strengthening the prevention of non-communicable
diseases and health of the elderly, ensuring sustainable financial mechanism to
develop health care, and placing health care in every policy and reinforcing multi-sectoral
To realise the theme and
priorities, Vietnam held a series of forums featuring policies on the elderly
and prevention of non-communicable diseases and antibiotic resistance, which
were highly valued by the APEC member economies.
The APEC member economies also spoke
highly of Vietnam’s success in preventing and controlling emerging epidemic
diseases such as SARS, avian flu A-H5N1 and A-H1N1 and Ebola, contributing to affirming
the important role of the country’s health sector in the region.
Through the event, Vietnam also
acquired the other member economies’ experience in launching medical programmes
in response to population aging, antibiotic resistance and non-communicable
The meeting was within the
framework of the first APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting and related meetings
underway in Nha Trang.-VNA