Việt Nam wants WHO’s support to better healthcare system: Deputy PM

Update: December, 18/2019 - 07:18


Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam (right) holds talks with WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Takeshi Kasai in Hà Nội on Tuesday. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam hoped to receive further assistance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) to improve the country’s healthcare system, including disease prevention, primary healthcare and healthcare legislation, said Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam.

Hosting a reception for WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Takeshi Kasai in Hà Nội on Tuesday, Deputy PM Đam spoke highly of the WHO’s assistance for Việt Nam over the past four decades, particularly in the prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases, an expanded immunisation programme, human resources training, and health insurance, among others.

Việt Nam was willing to continue co-operating with the WHO towards building a modern and complete healthcare system that improved living quality in the country and achieved the targets set in the national strategy on public health protection and healthcare for 2020-30, he said.

Takeshi Kasai briefed the host on WHO’s plan to reform the healthcare system by expanding access to quality medical services at suitable costs for Vietnamese people.

He presented the WHO’s recommendations to the Vietnamese Government regarding mid and long-term policies in several priority fields, including developing strong primary healthcare facilities, and applying the same price for the same services in hospitals at all levels. — VNS

A doctor at Lai Châu General Hospital is treating a child patient. — VNA/VNS Photo Quý Trung