|Major General Vu Quoc Binh, head of the Viet Nam Military Medical Department under the defence ministry, and Rear Admiral Colin Chinn, Command Surgeon, United States Pacific Command, present certificates to participants of the Asia-Pacific Military Health Exchange in Da Nang. — VNS Photo Cong Thanh
DA NANG (VNS) — Rear Admiral Colin Chinn, Command Surgeon, United States Pacific Command, said Viet Nam prepared well for co-hosting the five-day Asia-Pacific Military Health Exchange successfully.
The American Rear Admiral was speaking on the sidelines of the closing ceremony of the Asia-Pacific Military Health Exchange in Da Nang yesterday.
Nearly 500 deputies from 23 countries and orgnisations attended the event.
Chinn said it was a significant medical exchange with several participants attending the biennial event.
He said he was actually impressed with the preparations made by Viet Nam's Military Medical Department during the five-day event, and that the Vietnamese military medical force really displayed their skills with professionalism.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Major General Vu Quoc Binh, head of the Viet Nam Military Medical Department under the defence ministry, said the health exchange with the theme of "global health co-operation" was a good opportunity for the participants to share their experiences in modern medicine, treatment and healthcare for soldiers.
"The conference agreed that the world still faces complex developments in non-traditional security and in the context of the emergence of new diseases that will directly affect soldiers and the people," Binh said.
"Boosting and strengthening co-operation and medical experience exchanges among military medical forces in the region will play an important role in dealing with challenges, and the conference has partly done that by setting the target of solving challenges," he said.
Binh said he hoped military medical exchanges and co-operation among countries in the Asia-Pacific region would increase in the future, and become a forum of knowledge to help build ‘trust' and boost solidarity, friendship and co-operation for peace, development and prosperity.
Hoang Tien Trung Nghia, senior lieutenant medical officer from HCM City's Military Hospital 175, said the conference brought new technology, and knowledge and practices in healthcare, surgery and treatment.
"It's very important for us as Viet Nam plans to send reserve medical forces for United Nations' Peacekeeping missions in the future. The event was a good opportunity for medical professionals from Viet Nam and other countries in the region to share experiences in dealing with trauma on the battlefield, and during natural disasters and in the daily lives of civilians," Nghia said.
Viet Nam's military medical teams are building a field hospital as part of the country's participation in UN peacekeeping missions.
The five-day conference saw 130 out of 214 scientific reports focus on external and internal medicine, infections, disease prevention and community healthcare, besides the training of military medical staff, traditional medicine and the application of advanced technology in healthcare.
It also marked the 20th anniversary of the normalisation of ties between the United States and Viet Nam.
As scheduled, Malaysia will host the next conference in 2017. — VNS