K Hospital unveils new statue of Marie Curie

VOV.VN - Hanoi’s K Hospital held an unveiling ceremony for a new statue of Marie Curie on August 9, in recognition of the groundbreaking work of the Polish-born French physicist and chemist.

The event was part of activities to mark 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and France and 25 years since the countries governments signed their agreement on health cooperation.

Those in attendance at the event included President of the Voice of Vietnam Nguyen The Ky, Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien and the French Deputy Ambassador to Vietnam Olivier Sigaud.

At the unveiling, K Hospital set itself the goal of becoming a special class hospital and the largest cancer treatment facility in Vietnam.

Professor Tran Van Thuan, director of K Hospital expressed his hope that the hospital will develop in every aspect, especially when it comes to using advanced technology in cancer treatments. He also wants to see the hospital improve its training activities to expand the network of cancer prevention units as well as disseminating information on the disease to reduce the mortality rate in Vietnam.

Addressing the event, Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, the Minister of Health, emphasized the heavy burden cancer has weighed upon many nations in the world, especially in poor and developing countries.

In Vietnam, this burden has increased throughout the country and turning the tide will require a special effort from the whole of society.  According to statistics from GLOBOCAL — a project by the International Agency for Research on Cancer —there are more than 126,000 newly-contracted cases of cancer and about 94,000 deaths every year in Vietnam.

Ms Tien said most of the cancer diagnoses are late phase, making them difficult to treat. She expressed her wish that K Hospital will develop to become a special class hospital soon.

 Deputy Ambassador of France to Vietnam Olivier Sigaud said in the 25 years since signing the government agreement on health cooperation, France has provided training for more than 3,000 resident physicians in France and 1,500 doctors with post-graduate degrees in Vietnam.

Some images of the event: 

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President of the Voice of Vietnam Nguyen The Ky (first from left)
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Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien
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Professor Tran Van Thuan, director of K Hospital
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