Viet Nam
On 25 June 2014, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) organized a ceremony to announce the Prime Minister’s Decision on the establishment of the Viet Nam National University of Agriculture.
On 3 June 2014, the Ministry of Health took the preemptive step of issuing Decision No. 1944/QD-BYT on the Action plan for prevention and control of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Viet Nam.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded a new grant to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to carry out a project that applies a One Health approach to reduce the threats to public health from avian and pandemic influenza (API) and other emerging infectious diseases (EIDs). The ‘Strengthening Capacity for the Implementation of One Health in Viet Nam’ project will be implemented through September 2015 in coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Ministry of Health (MOH).
Since the first case of influenza A/H7N9 detected in humans in China was reported by World Health Organization (WHO) on 01/4/2013, there have been a total of 450 cases, including 158 fatal cases, reported throughout out the world as of 30/6/2014. In China, influenza A/H7N9 cases were reported in 18 provinces, Taiwan, Hong Kong. Malaysia also reported one case in 2013.
On 18 February 2014, there was a national teleconference between the central and local government about prevention and control of avian influenza. The Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Hoang Trung Hai, and the Minister of MARD, Dr Cao Duc Phat, both participated in this teleconference.
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