Public health emergency operations centre inaugurated in HCM City

The Southern Vietnam Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (SVPHEOC) was inaugurated at the Ho Chi Minh City-based Paster Institute on August 23.

The centre is expected to help the health sector coordinate and cope with emergency health incidents, including dangerous or emerging diseases that have affected health and social welfare of people in the southern region.

In the context of globalisation, diseases like SARS, avian influenza, Ebola and Zika are threats to Vietnam and challenges to the globe as they can spread quickly across countries.

Given this, the Vietnamese Health Ministry has joined the Global Health Security Partnership which is implemented by the US Government, international organisations and other countries.

Vietnam has committed to actively applying the model of the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre in response to diseases and health incidents in the country.

With the support of the US Government, the Vietnam Emergency Operations Centre was put into operation in May 2013 at the headquarters of the Health Ministry.

The Northern Public Health Emergency Operations Centre was activated at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in 2016.

With good quality staff and equipment, the SVPHEOC will collect and share information and coordinate emergency operations.

The event is seen as a vivid demonstration of cooperation between the Vietnamese and US Governments.

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