Health Ministry to keep HIV/AIDS infection rate below 0.3 percent

The Ministry of Health (MoH) will continue to effectively implement national target programmes to eradicate poliomyelitis and neonatal tetanus, and keep the HIV/AIDS infection rate below 0.3 percent in 2012.

This was emphasized by Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien at a MoH conference to launch its plan and celebrate Vietnam Physicians’ Day (February 27) in Hanoi on February 23.

In her report, Minister Tien said in 2011, 90 percent of under-one-year babies were fully vaccinated, while 80 percent of pregnant women were vaccinated against tetanus.

This reduced the rate of fatalities caused by infectious diseases, Tien said.

In 2012, the Minister said, the ministry will strengthen epidemiological surveillance to early detect and prevent the spread of epidemics.

Speaking at the conference, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung extended greetings to doctors and medical staff on Vietnam Physicians’ Day and asked the health sector to make greater efforts to meet people’s demand for health care.

The Government leader asked the sector to pay due attention to improving human resource training, technology transfer, and combating and preventing epidemics.

On the occasion, Mr Dung granted the “People’s Doctor” title to 72 doctors, in recognition of their contributions to improving people’s health.