Vietnam News Today (April 20): Hanoi ceremony marks 60th anniversary of Cuba’s Giron victory

Vietnam News Today (April 20) features headlines include Hanoi ceremony marks 60th anniversary of Cuba’s Giron victory, NA Judicial Committee asked to promote core role, Vietnamese President chairs UNSC's high-level open debate and Covid-19 updates.
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Hanoi ceremony marks 60th anniversary of Cuba’s Giron victory

NA Judicial Committee asked to promote core role in NA o

Vietnamese President chairs UNSC's high-level open debate

Vietnam starts COVID-19 vaccination campaign, second phase

108 Military Central Hospital marks 70th anniversary

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Vietnam News Today (April 20):  Hanoi ceremony marks 60th anniversary of Cuba’s Giron victory
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Hanoi ceremony marks 60th anniversary of Cuba’s Giron victory

The 60th anniversary of Cuba’s Giron victory was celebrated in Hanoi on April 19 by the Ministry of National Defence, the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO), and the Vietnam-Cuba Friendship Association.

Addressing the ceremony, Deputy Minister of National Defence Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Tan Cuong emphasised that the Giron victory on April 19, 1961 was a great source of support for national liberation and the struggle against imperialism in Latin America and Third World countries as a whole, helping to firmly safeguard the revolutionary administration and marking a decisive turning point in the Cuban revolution on the path towards socialism.

On this occasion, on behalf of the leaders of the Ministry of National Defence, Cuong offered his congratulations on the success of the eighth National Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, held from April 16 to 19, and voiced his belief that under the leadership of its new Party Central Committee, Cuba will reap more achievements on the path towards socialism.

On this occasion, on behalf of the leaders of the Ministry of National Defence, Cuong offered his congratulations on the success of the eighth National Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, held from April 16 to 19, and voiced his belief that under the leadership of its new Party Central Committee, Cuba will reap more achievements on the path towards socialism.

With regard to bilateral relations, the deputy minister noted that the fraternal solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the Vietnamese and Cuban Parties, States, armies, and people have long been treasured and nurtured by generations of the two countries’ leaders, becoming a role model in relations in the era.

He thanked Cuba for standing side-by-side with Vietnam during its fight for national liberation as well as its ongoing national development and defence efforts, adding that the timely mutual assistance in fighting COVID-19 is also demonstration of their sentiment for and consistent trust in each other, as reported by VOV.

NA Judicial Committee asked to promote core role in NA operations

National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue requested that the NA Committee for Judicial Affairs continue promoting its core role in the legislature’s activities, while chairing a working session with standing members of the committee on April 19.

This was the first working session between the top legislator and the committee after Hue was elected as chairman of the 14th legislature at the 11th sitting.

Vietnam News Today (April 20):  Hanoi ceremony marks 60th anniversary of Cuba’s Giron victory
NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (standing) speaks at the working session. (Photo: VNA)

Participants discussed the committee’s operation and made proposals relating to the organisation and structure of the committee, judicial reform, and the mobilisation of experts in participating in the committee’s activities.

NA Chairman Hue stressed that the quality and efficiency of the NA’s activities rely on many factors and are measured by the quality and effectiveness of its committees’ operations.

The committee must remain ready to work with the Party Delegation to the NA in building a draft resolution on continuing to perfect the law-ruled socialist State for submission to the Party Central Committee, and to raise the efficiency of coordination between the NA, its Standing Committee and the Party Delegation to the NA with judicial agencies, as reported by NDO.

Vietnamese President chairs UNSC's high-level open debate

In his capacity as President of the United Nations Security Council in April 2021, Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on April 19 chaired a High-level Open Debate on "Cooperation between the UN and regional organisations in enhancing confidence-building and dialogue in conflict prevention and resolution".

The debate was held in both online and in-person formats, with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and senior leaders of 15 UNSC member states and five regional organisations in attendance.

Vietnam News Today (April 20):  Hanoi ceremony marks 60th anniversary of Cuba’s Giron victory
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc chairs the UNSC's high-level open debate (Photo: VNA)

This is the first time a senior Vietnamese leader has presided over an important activity of the UNSC, sending the highest-level message of orientations, visions and aspirations for development, foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, cooperation and friendship of the 13th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam; and strongly affirming the country’s voice, position, commitment and responsible contributions to multilateralism, the UN and common efforts for peace and development in the world.

Speaking at the debate, the UN Secretary-General and leaders of UNSC member states highly evaluated Vietnam’s initiative to organize this important event, affirmed their support for enhancing cooperation between the UN and regional organizations as well as among regional organizations to prevent and settle conflicts, especially through confidence-building measures and dialogues.

In his speech, President Phuc emphasized the importance of trust, confidence and dialogue in international relations and highly appreciated the cooperation between regional organizations and the UN in conflict prevention and resolution, VOV said.

Vietnam starts COVID-19 vaccination campaign, second phase

Vietnam is entering the second phase of the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign, and most of the localities have been supplied the vaccine for the campaign, according to the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE). Only five localities, namely Bac Ninh, Ha Tinh, Cao Bang, Phu Yen and Bac Giang, have kick-started the second phase, while many other have yet to endorses it, the NIHE reported, VOV reported.

The immunization campaign in some localities has yet to meet expectations. Besides, the duration of vaccine use is quite short, up to 2 months, to monitor, said the NIHE.

Vietnam News Today (April 20):  Hanoi ceremony marks 60th anniversary of Cuba’s Giron victory
Healthcare workers and military officers are among those who receive the shot first (Photo: VOV)

The institute proposed the administrations of cities and provinces soon approve the plan to deploy the campaign, the second phase, so as to achieve the progress of the programme.

The Ministry of Health earlier warned localities to complete the vaccination plan before May 5, and it would recall the delivered vaccine if any locality does not use it up.

To date, more than 80,800 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 since the campaign was launched on March 3, according to the MoH.

108 Military Central Hospital marks 70th anniversary

The Hanoi-based 108 Military Central Hospital held a ceremony on April 19 to mark its 70th founding anniversary (April 1) and receive the “Labour Hero in the Renewal Period” title.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, Secretary of the Central Military Commission, was among the distinguished guests at the event.

On behalf of the Party and State leaders, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam presented the hospital with the “Labour Hero in the Renewal Period”, a noble title of the State bestowed upon those with particularly excellent achievements in their duty performance.

Vietnam News Today (April 20):  Hanoi ceremony marks 60th anniversary of Cuba’s Giron victory
(Photo: NDO)

Applauding the hospital’s proud attainments, Dam said its medical workers and scientists have made breakthrough development in both quantity and quality, and that they have mastered the most cutting-edge medical equipment and complicated techniques to save patients with fatal illnesses and conduct historic organ transplant surgeries.

The hospital has done a good job of providing in-depth training for lower-level hospitals to help with developing the national healthcare network, he said, noting that it is also a bright example of reforming the management model.

In his remarks, Hospital Director Lt. Gen. Mai Hong Bang recalled that the Yen Trach Central Hospital, the predecessor of the 108 Military Central Hospital, was set up in the Viet Bac revolutionary base 70 years ago, with a military medical team of only 30 members.

Throughout the wartime and the Renewal period, the hospital has weathered every difficulty and challenge and is now one of the five special national hospitals and among the leading scientific research and medical training centres in Vietnam, according to NDO.

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