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Vietnam hopes to receive effective assistance from its partners and international organisations to combat new, emerging communicable diseases.

Minister of AVietnam needs assistance against communicable diseasesgriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat expressed his hope at a national conference in Hanoi on April 3 to plan a national-level One Health Initiative against communicable diseases.

He stressed that the key factor in prevention is to identify the causes of emerging communicable diseases, then to call for the engagement of parties concerned in stamping out the diseases.

UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Pratibha Mehta noted that communicable diseases such as SARS, avian influenza and HIV/AIDS not only pose risks to human health, but also to trade, tourism and economic growth.

There has been a significant increase in the emergence of communicable diseases and the Southeast Asian region is considered as one of the key hot spots, she added.

Delegates agreed that One Health Initiative will help doctors and practioners make forecast and identify new, emerging diseases to come up with timely and effective remedies.

It’s now necessary to build a national roadmap and strengthen cooperation among nations, they said.

The conference also examined the next steps required and a framework to assist the Vietnamese Government to draw up a national roadmap and action plan of its One Health Initiative.

The event brought together representatives from the United Nations (UN) Vietnam Office and non-governmental organisations, along with domestic and foreign experts in the fields of veterinary science and health care.


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