International Community Praises Vietnam's Dedication in Fight Against Covid-19

Since the inital outbreak of Covid-19, Vietnam has affirmed its position and role in the international arena when it has made many efforts and achievements to help the international community as well as surrounding countries like Laos in the Covid-19 fight.
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Treating patients with COVID-19 in severe condition at the Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases. Photo: VNP
Treating patients with Covid-19 in severe condition at the Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases. Photo: VNP

From the end of April until now, Vietnam is in the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections with a fast and strong level, with a higher number of new infections and deaths compared to the previous three outbreaks.

However, on a global scale, the numbers of new infections and deaths in Vietnam are still very low.

Vietnam has methodically implemented measures to prevent and control the Covid-19 pandemic, potentially saving beds for intensive care to receive serious patients.

Not only the efforts to contain the pandemic and treat domestic cases on the one hand, Vietnam has affirmed its position and role in the international arena when it has made many efforts and achievements to help the international community as well as surrounding country like Laos.

Vietnam - important and potential destination for future MEDEVAC cases

Recently, UN leaders and representatives at different levels expressed their appreciation for Vietnam's goodwill and international solidarity. At the same time, they appreciated the professional capacity and the contribution of the Vietnamese health sector to the care and protection of people's health, and to expand international cooperation.

On April 30, 2021, at the request of the United Nations, Vietnam successfully received and treated a UN staff member infected with Covid-19 in severe condition under the MEDEVAC mechanism (emergency treatment for patients who are UN staff abroad).

International appreciates Vietnam's dedication in fight against Covid-19
Kamal Malhotra, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Vietnam. Photo: VNP

After intensive treatment under strict isolation procedures, thanks to the professional capacity and dedication of Vietnamese doctors and nurses, the patient recovered, was discharged and left Vietnam on June 15, 2021.

This is the first time that Vietnam has received and treated a patient who is a UN staff member under the MEDEVAC mechanism.

Kamal Malhotra, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Vietnam, assessed this as a new milestone, an achievement marking the cooperation between Vietnam and the United Nations. He also affirmed the increasingly important role of Vietnam in the international and regional arena, as a country that can receive and treat patients from other countries according to international standards and quality.

“This is very meaningful, helping us to continue our discussions with the Government of Vietnam about making your country an important and potential destination for future MEDEVAC cases, with a view to on a case-by-case basis and amid the Covid-19 context,” said Kamal Malhotra.

This gesture once again affirms the humane tradition of the Vietnamese people, Vietnam's goodwill and commitment to contribute to international cooperation in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vivid symbol of the great friendship between Vietnam and Laos

When talking about the contributions of the Vietnamese expert delegation to support Laos in fighting the pandemic, Deputy Prime Minister Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune, head of the Lao National Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, appreciated the timely and effective help of the Party, the government and Vietnamese people. Not only providing money and medical equipment for Laos, Vietnam has also sent a team of experts to support at a time when the country is dealing with a serious Covid-19 outbreak.

International appreciates Vietnam's dedication in fight against Covid-19
Lao Deputy Prime Minister Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune (centre) and officials take photos with a delegation of Vietnamese medical experts. Photo: VNP

Deputy Prime Minister Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune affirmed that while working in Laos, Vietnamese medical experts, along with a team of Lao medical and medical staff, worked actively and urgently at hospitals and Covid-19 pandemic control facilities in the capital Vientiane and the provinces of Central and Southern Laos, where an outbreak is occurring.

Deputy Prime Minister Kikeo affirmed that this is a vivid symbol showing that the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries are constantly developed.

In the complicated context of the pandemic in the region, the timely support of Vietnam, especially the delegation of Vietnamese medical experts, has helped Laos better control the second wave of Covid-19 infections. The advice and recommendations of the delegation also helped to make the best preparations, in accordance with the existing conditions of Laos to cope more effectively with a possible new wave of Covid-19.

The doctors and medical staff sent to Laos have provided overwhelming support as if they were helping their own country. The fact that Vietnam helps Laos to control the pandemic well is also supporting the Vietnamese community in Laos.

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