|Scene at the event
Attending the signing ceremony were Prof. Dr. Pham Nhu Hiep, Director of the Hue Central Hospital, and Choi Ki-dong and Kim Dong-kwan, officials from the ASAN Medical Centre.
Under the agreement, the ASAN Medical Centre will create conditions for the Hue Central Hospital to train high-quality human resources; send its leading experts to the Vietnamese hospital to share experience in liver examination, treatment and transplant; and offer remote consultations in complex cases.
The signing is considered an important milestone in the two sides’ cooperation to help the Hue Central Hospital become a specialised medical centre on organ transplantation that meets regional and international standards.
In addition, the two sides have also collaborated in several international-level liver transplantation programmes as well as organised conferences and seminars to share experience in liver examination and treatment in Vietnam.
The ASAN Medical Centre, with its ASAN Central Hospital, was set up in 1989. The centre conducted living-donor liver transplants for adults in 1999, dual living-donor liver transplants in 2000, and ABO-incompatible dual-graft adult living donor liver transplantation in 2003.
It recorded the highest number of liver transplants in the world in 2012 with 379 cases and the figure increased to 468 in 2017.
In addition to the Hue Central Hospital, the centre has cooperated with other Vietnamese hospitals like Cho Ray Hospital, HCM City Oncology Hospital and Bach Mai Hospital in the field.