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Vinmec cooperates with Seoul National University Hospital on preventive medicine



Lê Thúy Anh (right), CEO of Vinmec Healthcare System, and Kim Yon Su, President and CEO of Seoul National University Hospital, represent the two sides to sign the MOU in the presence of Korean Ambassador to Việt Nam Park Noh Wan. — Photo courtesy of Vinmec

HÀ NỘI — Vinmec Healthcare System (Vinmec) on Thursday held a signing ceremony of the High-class Health Check-up Centre in cooperation with the Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH).

The Korean Ambassador to Việt Nam witnessed the ceremony.

This event not only affirms Vinmec’s goal in its international development strategy but is also expected to create a remarkable advance in preventive medicine in the country.

The five-year memorandum of understanding signed between the two sides sets specific goals for Vinmec’s high-class General Health Checkup Centre based in Vinmec Times City Hospital in Hà Nội, which aligns with SNUH in Korea.

It’s not only a health check-up centre but also a comprehensive and in-depth health assessment model which aims at an early screening of the risk of diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, and elderly diseases, creating personalised health management programs for each customer.

With 130 years of experience in training, research, management and operation in the medical field, SNUH will support Vinmec in implementing premium healthcare and management programs.

According to the agreement, screening programmes and general health check-ups will be organised and managed by a team of prestigious professors and doctors of the Gangnam General Health Check-up Centre (under SNUH) – the leading preventive medicine centre in Korea.

SNUH experts will participate in the General Health Check-up Centre at Vinmec Times City and train the staff, transfer and apply technical processes, algorithms, and SNUH’s diagnostic logic in providing early risk screening.

Vinmec will utilise the system’s state-of-the-art facilities and technologies, experienced staff, and achievements in gene research and application to receive technology transfers and operations from SNUH.

Thanks to this close cooperation, the Korean standard high-class general health check-up centre at Vinmec Times City Hospital will help every customer access healthcare services from the very beginning, actively control and improve their own health through the highest-personalised health management plans, contributing to reducing the pressure on the national healthcare system.

The cooperation between Vinmec and SNUH stems from the fact that both sides share a vision of the need for preventive medicine in the COVID pandemic and the increasing prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases.

With the motto “Prevention is better than cure”, applying the most advanced technology in healthcare will increase initiative and efficiency, reduce the burden on the Vietnamese healthcare system, and improve the quality of customers’ lives. Both sides consider this a foundation for deepening cooperation in other fields between the two healthcare systems in the future.

“At Vinmec, we aim to become an academic healthcare system with an excellent clinical management protocol, a continuous, comprehensive health management model, serving the community. In cooperation with Seoul National University Hospital, the high-class general health centre is part of our continuous efforts to pursue international standards and globalise,” said Nguyễn Việt Quang, vice chairman and CEO of Vingroup.

On behalf of Seoul National University Hospital Yon Su Kim President of SNUH said: “SNUH, as the central national hospital, has been leading the advancement of medicine for the past 130 years in South Korea, and the SNUH Gangnam Centre, which will play a major role in this agreement, has been a leader in preventive medicine in South Korea.”

“With the Gangnam Center’s know-how accumulated over 20 years, excellent faculty, and an advanced Hospital Information System, we believe Vinmec Health Checkup Centre will be able to leap forward to become the best health check-up centre in Việt Nam.

“In addition, as Korea and Việt Nam celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties this year, we hope that this cooperation will contribute to improving the health of Vietnamese people and Koreans in Việt Nam and serve as a milestone in strengthening medical cooperation between the two countries.”

After the signing ceremony, representatives of both sides had a meeting to start the preparation process for the centre. —



NA Chairman meets Vietnamese community in Indonesia



National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue on August 4 met with officials and staff of the Vietnamese Embassy in Jakarta, the Vietnamese Permanent Mission to ASEAN and the Vietnamese community in Indonesia.

NA Chairman meets Vietnamese community in Indonesia hinh anh 1National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and representatives of the Vietnamese community in Indonesia (Photo: VNA)

Jakarta – National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue on August 4 met with officials and staff of the Vietnamese Embassy in Jakarta, the Vietnamese Permanent Mission to ASEAN and the Vietnamese community in Indonesia.

According to Vietnamese Ambassador to Indonesia Ta Van Thong, about 500 Vietnamese people are living in Indonesia. Over the years, the embassy had focused on protecting Vietnamese citizens in the country, he said.

He noted that despite the global economic recession, two-way trade between Vietnam and Indonesia has still increased 10% each year to 14 billion USD in 2022. He held that the goal of 15 billion USD set by the two sides can be reached before 2028.

Many Vietnamese people have chosen Indonesia for travelling, while many Vietnamese businesses have invested in the country, he added.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Nguyen Hai Bang, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to ASEAN, and ASEAN Deputy Secretary General Tran Duc Binh said that Vietnam and Indonesia are important partners of each other in ASEAN. The Vietnamese top legislator’s participation at the 44th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA-44) is an important external activity in both bilateral and multilateral aspects, they underlined.

Representatives from Vietnamese businesses in Indonesia proposed that the NA and Government continue designing policies and measures to promote economic, trade and investment cooperation between the two countries.

Addressing the meeting, NA Chairman Hue highlighted the sound relations between Vietnam and Indonesia, initiated by President Ho Chi Minh and President Sukarno.

He said that Vietnam with a population of 100 million and Indonesia with nearly 300 million people have great cooperation potential, asking Vietnamese businesses, diplomatic agencies and community to continue to promote bilateral collaboration in promising areas towards the goal of 15 billion USD in two-way trade. Indonesia is currently the third largest of Vietnam among ASEAN members, he noted.

He said he hopes the embassy and Vietnamese community will continue to act as a bridge connecting the two countries. He also asked the Vietnam Trade Office to create optimal conditions for businesses of both sides to promote partnership.

He affirmed that the Party and State always consider the Vietnamese community abroad as an indispensable part of the Vietnamese nation, and expressed his hope that the Vietnamese community in Indonesia will maintain the language and culture of Vietnam.

He held that it is necessary to organise a Vietnamese Language Day abroad, along with the building of cultural facilities for Vietnamese people in other countries to gather./.


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Voluntary blood donation helps save lives



Many people across Vietnam, regardless of their ages and jobs, have actively donated blood to save lives of many others.

Voluntary blood donation helps save lives hinh anh 1Tran Minh Men (L) and another blood donor. (Photo:

Hanoi – Many people across Vietnam, regardless of their ages and jobs, have actively donated blood to save lives of many others.

In late July, 100 outstanding blood donors nationwide were honoured at a three-day programme in the capital city of Hanoi.

Among them, there are 20 female delegates, 16 representatives from the education sector, eight medical staff, seven from the armed forces and three ethnic minorities. The oldest delegate is 61 years old and the youngest is 22 years old.

There were 10 delegates who donated blood 19-29 times, 60 delegates 30-49 times, 20 delegates 50-69 times, eight 70-99 times, and two at least 100 times.

Tran Minh Men, a 52-year-old man, has donated blood 102 times over the past 22 years. He is now head of the Blood Bank Team in Nghi Duc commune, Tanh Linh district, the south central province of Binh Thuan.

He shared at a meeting with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh that he has also encouraged more than 3,000 others to participate in blood donation campaigns.

According to him, the greatest joy of those who participate in those campaigns is that patients are healthy and return to a normal life.

Meanwhile, Ho Kim Phuong from Ho Chi Minh City is the female donor with the most times donating blood at 78 times. She has participated in blood donation once every 3 months since 1997.

“Having witnessed many difficult and extreme situations, I always think “I can give what I can give, I can help someone with what I can”. My blood is available in my body, I can help people, help life until there is no health left. My family has four members, and all of us have donated blood more than 250 times, my husband has donated 72 times and is now over the age to donate blood, my daughter 52 times, my son 48 times,” Phuong said.

Voluntary blood donation helps save lives hinh anh 2Illustrative image (Photo: VNA)

Over the past 15 years, as many as 1,500 voluntary blood donors nationwide have been honoured.

Last year, over 1.43 million units of blood were donated nationwide, 99% of which came from voluntary blood donors.

Since early this year, about 900,000 units of blood have been collected through various campaigns./.


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Vietnam News Agency has third deputy general director



Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has signed a decision appointing Nguyen Thi Su, head of the Domestic News Department of the Vietnam News Agency, to the position of VNA Deputy General Director.

Vietnam News Agency has third deputy general director hinh anh 1Nguyen Thi Su has become the third deputy general director of the VNA (Photo: VNA)

HanoiPrime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has signed a decision appointing Nguyen Thi Su, head of the Domestic News Department of the Vietnam News Agency, to the position of VNA Deputy General Director.

Su, born in 1972, has become one of the three deputy general directors of the VNA, the State-run news agency of Vietnam, along with Nguyen Tuan Hung and Doan Thi Tuyet Nhung.

Su graduated from the Hanoi University of Law. She started her career at the VNA in 1994 as a reporter. She was promoted to the head of the diplomatic news desk of the VNA Domestic News Department in 2006, deputy head of the department in 2011 and head of the department in 2019.

Currently, she is also a member of the VNA Party Committee and Vice President of the Union of Journalists of the VNA.

[Vietnam News Agency has new Deputy General Director]

The VNA is responsible for providing official information and documents of the Party and State, according to the Government’s recently-released Decree No 87/2022/NĐ-CP. It provides information in service of the Party leadership and State management; and collects and provides news through various forms of press and multimedia to be published by the mass media, and for the public and readers at home and abroad./.


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