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EU, Luxembourg donate $6.7m medical equipment

Update: April, 11/2013 - 10:17

HA NOI (VNS)— The European Union (EU) Delegation and the Embassy of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg in Viet Nam yesterday donated medical equipment and instruments worth nearly EUR5.2 million (US$6.78 million) to the Ministry of Health.

The donation was part of a $19.3 million health sector capacity support project jointly funded by the EU and the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg with the aim of improving curative care and preventive medical services in Vietnamese communes and districts. "The EU considers that as a middle income country, Viet Nam should ensure that its citizens have equal and fair access to quality medical services throughout the country, said Ambassador – Head of the EU Delegation Franz Jessen.

"Therefore, the EU will, in the future, concentrate its support on ensuring better quality of services in villages, communes and districts in the poorest provinces," he stressed.

The equipment includes imaging diagnostic systems, laboratory machines and essential medical instruments.

It will be delivered to three pilot provinces of Bac Ninh, Bac Giang and Ha Nam, as well as nine partnering provinces of Bac Kan, Yen Bai, Dien Bien, Son La, Lai Chau, Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Vinh Long and Kien Giang.

A number of clinical and para-clinical training courses will be organised to ensure proper management of the equipment, aiming to improve the quality of essential health offered to patients. — VNS

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