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The WHO, CDC wants Vietnam to share experiences in fighting COVID-19


The WHO, CDC wants Vietnam to share experiences in fighting COVID-19

Nguyen Phuong Anh

17:14 - 06.05.2020

28 Febuary, 2020

TTO – The WHO and the USCDC spoke highly of the quick and strong measures of the Government of Vietnam in preventing and controlling COVID-19 epidemic and they want Vietnam to share lessons learnt from isolation, prevention control and disease treatment.

On the morning of February 28 Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Head of the National steering Committee on prevention of acute respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus (nCoV) had a working session with the representatives of World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Mr. Kidong Park WHO Representative in Viet Nam said that controlling the global spread of COVID-19 is extremely difficult and expressed that the international community wants Vietnam to share lessons learned from its prevention process.

He further shared that WHO has advised countries to prepare well for coping with the wide spread of COVID-19 within the community. The WHO representative noted that Viet Nam has prepared this task well with the planned scenarios to cope with all situations. However, they still need to be revised constantly to keep up with the changing situation.

According to Mr. Park, the WHO highly appreciates the efforts and strong measures of the Government of Vietnam in the last two months. Vietnam has shared information in a transparent manner, especially in isolation, zoning and treatment to coordinate with other countries in preventing and controlling COVID-19 on a global scale.

Meanwhile, Mr. Mathew Moore the US CDC representative, acknowledged that the Vietnamese government has acted very quickly, resolutely and effectively. With the synchronisation from the central to local levels, Vietnam had only 16 cases of COVID-19 and all had been cured up to now.

He asked Vietnam to share experiences and information on coronavirus pathogen genome in the country and suggested the Vietnamese Government continued implementing strong measures to control the risks. At the same time, he affirmed that the US CDC would continue to work closely with the relevant Vietnamese agencies in responding to the epidemic.

Sharing information with the representative of WHO and CDC, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam recalled that on the 28th of 2020 Lunar New Year of the Rat, Vietnam had a working session to consult with the WHO and the USCDC. Thereby, the government decided to implement a medical declaration for all passengers from epidemic-affected areas which is a stronger measure compared to the WHO’s recommendations.

Vietnam determined that COVID-19 disease prevention is a global responsibility. Doing well in Vietnam is contributing to fight against the global spread of the epidemic.

However, Mr. Dam acknowledged that this was a new disease with many unpredictable developments. Therefore, Vietnam must work out measures and learn from experience to make appropriate adjustments during the process of fighting the COVID-19 epidemic.

As the epidemic is entering a new phase, Vietnam had comtemplated a number of new measures for epidemic prevention and control and hopes to get advice from the WHO and the USCDC before making a decision.

At the same time, he affirmed that Vietnam is always ready to deal with the worst situation.

The Deputy Prime Minister thanked and expressed his wish that the WHO and the USCDC continue to accompany Vietnam in coping with COVID-19 epidemic.


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