HANOI (Bernama) – Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has called for closer cooperation among Asean member countries as well as between Asean and its partners in ensuring universal health coverage, particularly for vulnerable groups and people living in rural, mountainous and hard to reach areas, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
Addressing the 12th Asean Health Ministers’ Meeting which opened here on Thursday, the prime minister also stressed on the need for further collaboration in the prevention of infectious diseases, such as Ebola, H7N9, and Mec-CoVi which are raging around the globe and some diseases prevalent in Asean like dengue, hand-foot-mouth, rabies and drug-resistant malaria.
The Cabinet leader said the regional nations are working hard to form an Asean community by end of 2015 with one of the important contents being public health care which will help develop human resources, thus fuelling the rapid and sustainable growth of each member country and the entire bloc.
Over the three-decade renewal process, Vietnam has reaped numerous socio-economic attainments, including health care, he noted, elaborating that the country has fulfilled the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals of poverty eradication, child mortality reduction, and maternal health improvement.
The 12th Asean Health Ministers’ Meeting, the first to be held in Vietnam, draws the participation of nearly 200 delegates from the 10 Asean nations, the partner countries of China, the South Korea and Japan, as well as international organisations.
The two-day event, themed “Better health for Asean Community after 2015”, will focus on primary health care and multi-sectoral coordination in emerging infectious disease prevention.