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ASEAN health ministers conclude Ha Noi gathering

Update: September, 20/2014 - 12:43
The 12th ASEAN Health Ministers' Meeting wrapped up in Ha Noi yesterday. — Photo laodong

HA NOI  (VNS) — The 12th ASEAN Health Ministers' Meeting wrapped up in Ha Noi yesterday after issuing several statements calling for more co-operation in fostering healthy lifestyles, improving the healthcare system and ensuring food safety.

In the statements, announced at a press conference by ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh and Vietnamese Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, ministers agreed to extend healthcare and insurance to all-people.

They also agreed to work together to prevent and control non-contagious diseases and newly-emerging infections, and to set up a sustainable and effective health financing system.

The sixth meeting of the ASEAN Health Ministers Plus Three (Japan, the Republic of Korea and China) issued a statement vowing to strengthen collaboration in the health sector.

It said the ministers would focus on health insurance coverage, initial health care, health calamities, ageing populations, pandemics, diseases transmitted from animals, and preventing HIV/AIDS, rabies and malaria.

A joint statement from the fifth ASEAN Health Ministers Plus China said they would join hands to increase the capacity of health workers and prevent newly-emerging infectious diseases as Ebola, H7N9, H5N1 and MERS-CoV. They also promised to reduce the use of tobacco.

The 12th ASEAN Health Ministers' Meeting and related meetings took place in Ha Noi from September 15-19.

A Memorandum of Understanding on health co-operation between ASEAN and the World Health Organisation was signed at the event. — VNS

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