Sunday, February 26, 2017
Vietnam - APEC members hail health agenda set by Việt Nam
The theme of universal health coverage and sustainable development as well as five priority areas for discussion and action set by Viet Nam were praised by APEC delegates yesterday.— VNA/VNS Photo Doãn Tấn
The Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Health Working Group is meeting in n Nha Trang City, Khánh Hòa Province.
Nguyễn Thị Giáng Hương, Director of the Health Ministry’s International Co-operation Department and Vice President of the APEC Health Working Group 2017, said the five areas prioritised by hosts Viet Nam were: updating progress made towards universal health coverage; intensifying the fight against emerging epidemics and antibiotic resistance; strengthening prevention of non-communicable diseases and paying due attention to the health of senior citizens; ensuring sustainable financial mechanisms to develop healthcare; and inserting healthcare into every development policy while reinforcing multi-sectoral co-operation to achieve goals.
A series of forums on policies for the elderly and prevention of non-communicable diseases and antibiotic resistance were highly valued by other APEC members.
The visiting delegates also spoke highly of Việt Nam’s success in preventing and controlling emerging epidemic diseases like SARS, avian flu A-H5N1 and A-H1N1 and Ebola.
This affirmed the important role played by the country’s health sector in the region, they said.
Việt Nam used the forum to learn from other members’ experiences in launching policies and programmes on aging population, antibiotic resistance and non-communicable diseases.
Yesterday’s forum was held within the framework of the first APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting and related meetings underway in Nha Trang.