|National hero: Professor Hoàng Đình Cầu met with some victims of Việt Nam’s agent orange in 2005. — Photo http://www.who.int|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — A solemn meeting to celebrate the 100th of the birth anniversary of former Deputy Minister of Health Dr Hoàng Đình Cầu (1917-2005) was held in Hà Nội on Thursday to honour his great contributions to human well-being.
Minister of Health Nguyễn Thị Kim Tiến said at the event that Professor Cầu was among the country’s most prestigious and respectable scholars. His career and cause laid a strong foundation for the progression and breakthrough of the country’s healthcare system, he added.
Cầu was born in 1917 in central Nghệ An province in an intellectual family and began work as a doctor after his university graduation in 1944. He founded the first-ever surgeon branch in North Việt Nam (at the Saint Paul Hospital in Hà Nội) as well as the first pulmonary surgeon branch of the country. During his career, he successfully operated on 2,000 patients with pulmonary diseases.
He also compiled a French-Vietnamese dictionary of medical terminology and Russia-Vietnamese medical terminology. He also compiled other medical encyclopedias in Vietnamese language.
Apart from a long and distinguished career as a pulmonary surgeon and researcher, Professor Cầu was also recognised by his peers as a leader: he was president of the Việt Nam Medical Association for 17 years. Yet his best-known work in the country remains his chairmanship of the 10-80 Committee, which was set up to investigate the after-effects of the use of chemicals, such as Agent Orange, during the war. During his career, Professor Cầu showed an unending passion for his patients and his mission. — VNS