Vietnam attends 43rd World Congress on Military Medicine

Thursday, 2019-05-23 17:54:57
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The Vietnamese delegation pose with leaders of the International Committee on Military Medicine at the 43rd World Congress on Military Medicine in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo:
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NDO – A Vietnamese delegation, led by Maj. Gen. Nguyen Xuan Kien, head of the Military Medical Department under the General Department of Logistics, attended the 43rd ICMM World Congress on Military Medicine in Basel, Switzerland, from May 19 to 25.

This is the second time Vietnam has fully participated in the International Committee on Military Medicine (ICMM) activities since becoming an official member of the organisation in 2017.

The World Congress on Military Medicine is considered the largest international forum on military medicine, with the 2019 event featuring the participation of 117 delegations of ICMM member countries and six observation delegations.

Under the theme “Medicine on the move”, this year’s congress attracted attention from leading experts in the field of military medicine around the world. Military medical sciences have made important findings that have changed the practice of medicine in terms of both war and peace circumstances.

At the congress, experts exchanged theoretical knowledge and practical experiences on the development of military and disaster medicine. The discussed topics focused on a number of spheres, including military medical ethics, military medicine laws, military medical command, military medicine technology, military medicine against weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and cooperation between civilian and military medicine.

Within the framework of the conference, the Vietnamese delegation had a formal meeting with the ICMM to introduce the achievements of Vietnamese military medicine in ensuring health for officials and the people, as well as discussing military medical cooperation between the two sides in the future.

In addition, the Vietnamese contingent met with delegations from the UK, France, India and Switzerland to discuss experience in implementing level-two field hospitals and preparing the military medical force (level-one field hospital) for the Vietnamese engineer corps to be deployed to South Sudan, in addition to exploring cooperation opportunities.