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Working together to combat antibiotic resistance

Hanoi, 12 November 2018 – Viet Nam, once again confirms its strong commitment in the global initiative to combat antibiotic resistance, as the country holds various activities to celebrate the fourth World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) from 12 to 18 November 2018.

The National Steering Committee for Antibiotic Resistance, is joining forces with the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative Office in Viet Nam, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and other One Health partners to call on doctors, pharmacists, health workers, farmers, veterinarians, the food and agriculture industry, the academe and the general public to “Handle Antibiotics with Care”. Since their discovery, antibiotics have served as the cornerstone of modern medicine. However, the persistent overuse and misuse of antibiotics in human and animal have encouraged the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance (AMR), which occurs when microbes, such as bacteria, become resistant to the drugs used to treat them.

MOH, MOP partner to strengthen enforcement of smoke-free environment

18 October 2018 | Hai Phong - To strengthen enforcement of smoke-free environment as defined under the Law on Control and Prevention of Tobacco Harms, the Ministry of Health, represented by the Tobacco Control (TC) Fund, and the Ministry of Police, with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative Office in Viet Nam, held a one-day workshop on 17 October 2018 in Hai Phong, Viet Nam, with more than 200 police officers and hotel/restaurant owners/managers from the said city in attendance. The workshop aims to build capacity for police officers, hotel and restaurant owners in the implementation of smoke-free environment for healthy living. A similar workshop will be organized in Thai Nguyen city on 31 October.

Viet Nam takes big leap in fight vs asbestos

12 October, Hanoi – In a move towards the development of a roadmap to end the use of white asbestos in roof production by 2023, the Ministry of Construction, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative Office in Viet Nam, held a technical consultation meeting on 12 October in Hanoi. Focusing on the harmful effects of white asbestos to human health, the meeting outcomes have established scientific evidence to support the said anti-asbestos initiative in the country.

Mr Nguyen Van Sinh, Vice Minister of Construction, Professor Dr Nguyen Thanh Long, Vice Minister of Health, and Dr Kidong Park, WHO Representative in Viet Nam, co-chaired the meeting.

Three more countries eliminate lymphatic filariasis

MANILA, 8 October 2018 – Palau, Viet Nam, and Wallis and Futuna have eliminated lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem, bringing to 11 the number of countries and areas validated since 2000 in the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Region.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Regional Director Dr Shin Young-soo marked the accomplishment by presenting certificates to representatives from Palau, Viet Nam, and Wallis and Futuna during the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, which opened today in Manila, Philippines.

WHO Representative to Viet Nam


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