In recent years, as the global environment has experienced complex changes, dangerous and emerging and dangerous diseases, especially of animal-to-human ones, pose threats to human health. Dangerous, emerging and animal-to-human diseases can cause a wide range of health problems and may result in enormous economic losses and socio-political and security instability in countries.
Complex development of diseases requires close coordination among countries and international organizations so as to create comprehensive strength, integrated financial resources, and technical cooperation to cope with emerging, dangerous and animal-to-human diseases, and to actively respond to the disease that is likely to spread on a world scale.
Thanks to the close coordination between the Ministry of Health and MARD and other ministries and sectors, Vietnam has managed to control avian influenza and human flu, and at the same time, prevent and stop the spread of other animal-to-human diseases, including rabies, anthrax, MERS-CoV, Ebola, antibiotic resistance or food borne diseases.
The Government of Vietnam approved the proposal to establish the One Health Partnership for the Prevention of Animal-to-Human Disease, to promote coordination and exchange of information between Vietnam and international partners.
According to Deputy Minister of MARD Vu Van Tam, with this plan, the responsibility and coordination between the Ministry of Health and MARD must be clarified from the central level to local ones, raising the people's awareness of the risks of animal-to-human diseases in the production, processing and use of animals’ meat. People will not suffer from many diseases if they do not catch them from animals;therefore, the OHSP continues to focus on capacity building and control of animal-borne diseases, influenza viruses and animal-to-human diseases.
Participants in the conference agreed that the assistance of international organizations would contribute to reducing negative impacts of animal-to-human diseases in Vietnam, contributing to the global common effort to deal with the issues.
Under the OHSP 2016-2020, the Ministry of Health is committed to actively participating, promoting and implementing disease prevention activities more effectively, particularly animal-to-human diseases.By Duy Tien