HA NOI -- A steering committee for preventing and controlling emerging and unidentifiable diseases will be established this year following a new health ministry decision.
Director of the ministry's Preventive Health Department Nguyen Van Binh said the committee aimed to prevent these diseases from spreading through the community.
He said the lives of Vietnamese people as well as others around the world had been impacted by diseases such as HIV/AIDS, influenza A/H5N1 and H1N1, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and hepatitis.
The number of Vietnamese people who suffer from these diseases is rapidly increasing, he added.
The steering committee, headed by Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, will guide activities on supervising, preventing and treating unidentifiable and emerging diseases nationwide. The committee will co-ordinate with other sectors to develop a comprehensive health strategy for the whole country. -- VNS