HÀ NỘI — Denmark will help the Ministry of Health train human resources in Non-Communicable Disease (NCDs) prevention like cancers, heart diseases and diabetes in Việt Nam during 2019-20.
The co-operation programme is part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the health ministry’s Medical Services Administration and the Embassy of Denmark in Việt Nam on Friday.
"I hope that the MoU we sign today can further strengthen our cooperation in healthcare between the two countries. I look forward to seeing the continued active participation from the private sector, which is also a significant factor in bringing better healthcare to the Vietnamese people," said Morten Pristed, Health and Education Counselor, Danish Ambassador in Việt Nam.
"I believe that the cooperation programme will contribute to raising public awareness; strengthen professional capacity for medical staff to provide quality services for diabetes detection, diagnosis, treatment and management," said MSA director Lương Ngọc Khuê.
The two-year programme will focus activities on training and awareness strengthening in NCDs, particularly diabetes; and application of information technology and e-health application for healthcare professionals in healthcare training, notably primary healthcare. It is expected to strengthen awareness and NCD education in primary healthcare through both the diabetes journey application and diabetes website.
In 2017, Việt Nam had around 3.5 million people living with diabetes and this figure is expected to increase to 6.3 million people. Half of people living with diabetes do not know they have it. Early diagnosis of diabetes will help patients receive early care and treatment, help avoid complications, better control disease and reduce treatment costs, according to statistics from the International Diabetes Federation.— VNS