The Hanoitimes - Vietnam and France have signed many cooperation agreements in healthcare during a recent working visit to France by Vietnamese Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien at the invitation of French Minister of Solidarities and Health Agnès Buzyn.
The visit took place in the context that the two sides are celebrating the 25 years of signing the Government agreement on health cooperation and the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties.
The two ministers applauded fruitful cooperation in health between the two countries over the last 25 years, especially France’s help in training over 3,000 Vietnamese doctors in France and 1,500 postgraduate doctors in Vietnam.
The ministers discussed prospects for bilateral health cooperation in the coming time. They also focused on experience sharing in the field as Vietnam is looking to better the quality of health examination and treatment and reform the hospital system, while France is also enhancing management of public expenditure in health sector, improving medical benefits for low-income people.
On the occasion, the ministers signed a letter of intent on cooperation, stating that two sides agree to strengthen their bond in training medical staff for Vietnam, preventing infectious diseases, public health and preventive medicine, and building policies and legal frameworks for transfusion and transplant activities.
Minister Tien granted insignias “For the health of the people” to 30 French medical experts for their contributions to Vietnam’s health sector.