Representatives of Russia’s Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) handed over a mobile lab to Major General Nguyen Hong Du, Director of the Vietnam-Russia Tropical Centre on September 11 on the sidelines of the fourth Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.
The hi-tech lab, which is designed to be contained in a Kamaz van, can detect 78 kinds of virus and identify factors which cause the most dangerous diseases such as plague, smallpox, and Ebola.
It is scheduled to be transported to Vietnam in late November of this year on the 30th founding anniversary of the Vietnam-Russia Tropical Centre.
According to Rospotrebnadzor, the lab will help to supervise natural epidemic hotbeds in Vietnam as it meets the requirements for biological safety by using advanced monitoring and detection technologies.
Currently, Vietnamese and Russian experts at the Vietnam-Russia Tropical Centre are working together to prevent infectious diseases, helping to ensure food safety, while implementing scientific research in epidemiology, parasitology, and many other areas.
In 2014, a similar lab was successfully put into operation in Guinea, allowing the conduct of a series of research trips amid extreme weather in remote areas of the country.NDO/VNA