WHO hands over medical supplies to Viet Nam for COVID-19 fight
12:20 | 28/08/2021

VGP – The World Health Organization (WHO) has handed over medical supplies and consumables to the Ministry of Health as part of WHO’s continuing support to the Vietnamese Government for the COVID-19 response.

WHO Representative in Viet Nam Kidong Park (L) hands over  medical supplies and consumables to Deputy Minister of Health Tran Van Thuan, Ha Noi, August 28, 2021.

In this batch of donation, WHO has handed over US$ 413,451 worth of medical supplies including 36,000 surgical masks, 70,000 respirator masks and 50 sets of High Flow Nasal Cannula systems to Viet Nam. More supplies are expected to arrive in coming days.

Speaking at the event, WHO Representative in Viet Nam Kidong Park expressed his hope that these supplies will help protect health care workers and save patients’ lives.

More than these medical supplies and materials, WHO continues to provide technical support to the Government on the overall response strategy and stands ready to provide more assistance as needed, he added.

The WHO Representative to Viet Nam emphasized WHO’s commitment to support the Government in increasing vaccine availability in the country as a co-creator of the COVAX Facility, along the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and UNICEF as the delivery partner.

At the handover, Deputy Minister of Health Tran Van Thuan said that these medical supplies and consumables from WHO have arrived at the critical time as the Government and Vietnamese people are making effort to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

These medical supplies and materials will be delivered immediately to Ho Chi Minh City as COVID-19 emergency response for Southern provinces, said the Deputy Minister, adding that Viet Nam also expects WHO’s continuous technical support, especially in research and development of treatments and vaccine.

As of late August 27, Viet Nam reported 410,366 COVID-19 infection cases, including 406,233 documented since April 27 when the fourth wave of COVID-19 resurgence began in the country, according to the Ministry of Health.

The number of recoveries and fatalities were 198,614 and 10.053, respectively.

By Thuy Dung


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