Coordination increased to combat animal-transmitted diseases

At the conference (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Coordination between domestic and foreign organisations will
be promoted to reduce health risks posed by diseases that are transmitted from
animals to humans.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam made the
statement at a conference in Hanoi on July 12, saying that it is part of the
national One Health Strategic Plan, in the 2016-2020 period.

With supports from international organisations and partners, animal-to-human
diseases will be slashed in the coming time, contributing to the regional and
global efforts to fight the risks, Tam highlighted.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said that changes in the
environment have made emerging contagious diseases, especially animal-to-human
diseases, become a major threat to people’s health, economy and
politics-security stability of each nation.

The One Health Strategic Plan set out specific framework to enhance capacity of
relevant agencies as well as help them employ “One health” principal in
limiting the impacts of animal-to-human diseases. The plan will support the Vietnamese
Government in preventing rabies, antibiotic resistance, and other diseases
spreading from animals to humans.

The One Health concept is an initiative applying a coordinated, collaborative,
multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral approach to address potential or existing
risks that originate at animal-human-ecosystems interface.

The concept is a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary
collaborations and communications in all aspects of healthcare for humans,
animals and environment. The One Health has been endorsed by the European
Commission, the US Department of State, the World Bank, the World Health
Organisation, and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the
World Organisation for Animal Health and United Nations System Influenza
Coordination as well as various non-governmental organisations.

In Vietnam, the One Health Strategic Plan drew the participation of 27 domestic
and foreign agencies. – VNA

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