Vietnam, Belgium promote health cooperation

(VOV) -A Vietnamese delegation from the Ministry of Health (MoH) led by its Minister Nguyen Kim Tien paid a working visit to Belgium from October 13-16 at the invitation of Rudy Demotte, Premier of the Wallonia-Brusells.

The two sides compared notes on the results of cooperation projects in the field of health insurance for people including elderly and people with disabilities to help them access high-quality healthcare services.

They agreed to strengthen cooperation in managing the use of medicines in hospital and family.

During the visit, MoH Minister Tien met with representatives from the European Agency for Development and Cooperation.

The EU pledged to provide more than EUR114 million in nonrefundable aid for Vietnam by 2014.

Minister Tien said Vietnam will use this aid to build satellite hospitals in provinces and upgrade health facilities in remote, border and island areas and strengthen human resources training in order to achieve Millennium Development Goals, including reducing maternal and infant mortality rates, HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, malnutrition prevention.