DA NANG (VNS)— As many of 300 reports on dermatology and venereology, including 60 reports from Viet Nam, will be presented at the 21st Regional Conference of Dermatology which opened in Da Nang yesterday.
Steven Chow, secretary general of Asian Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (AADV) and the League of ASEAN Dermatological Societies (LADS), said the conference would share information and expertise relating to dermatology practices.
"This RCD has been held the first time by Viet Nam in celebration of the entry of the Vietnamese Society of Dermatology and venereology into the League of ASEAN Dermatological Societies. This important event follows the inauguration of the Asian Academy of Dermatology and Venereology in Ha Noi in 2009," Steven said at the opening ceremony.
"Trainees and dermatologists will take advantage of this special opportunity to attend various teaching courses and workshops at the conference," he said.
Chairman of Viet Nam Society of Dermatology and Venereology, Associate Professor Tran Hau Khang told a press conference the same day that the biennial conference would attract more than 1,000 doctors from 30 countries.
"It's the biggest opportunity for local doctors and experts to share experience, knowledge and studies of scientists and dermatologists from all over the world, as well as plastic surgery and laser therapies on preventing skin ageing," Khang said.
Of the 60 reports to be presented by Vietnamese dermatologists, two reports will focus on a particular skin disease, similar to dermatitis, that affects the palms and soles of the feet. The condition was fatal for 24 people out of a sample of 240 infected with the disease after it first appeared in Ba To District of Quang Ngai Province in 2011, Khang said.
A resident was diagnosed with the condition last month, following no outbreaks of the disease for 11 months.
Local and foreign experts, including those from the World Health Organisation, have yet to find the cause of the disease or devise an effective treatment method, which has been mostly found to have infected residents of Ba To District.
Khang said local doctors have been in discussions with experts from the US, UK, Canada, Japan and Korea on the cause of the disease in the province.
He also said Viet Nam aimed to eliminate leprosy in 63 provinces and cities by 2015, as part of the National Target Programme on leprosy control which began in 1995.
"Leprosy has been controlled in 51 provinces and cities. We'll up efforts to eliminate the disease in the remaining 12 provinces from now to 2015," said Khang, who is also the director of Viet Nam National Hospital of Dermatology and Venereology.
"The country has seen increasingly fungi-related dermatitis and infections, which result from environmental pollution and unhygienic living conditions, as well as sexually transmitted diseases (STD)," he said.
The conference organisers also said the event was incorporated with the 6th Annual Meeting of the AADV, focusing on best practices in clinical and cosmetic dermatology.
The conference wraps up this Saturday. — VNS