Vietnam, US cooperate in fighting infection, drug resistance

The US and Vietnam on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to boost cooperation in infection prevention and the surveillance of antibiotic resistance and infection. Signatories were Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien and Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the US Robert Redfield.

The MoU is intended to strengthen the capacity of infection prevention programs, including conducting risk assessments, developing policies and guidelines, and monitoring and evaluating relevant programs. It also aims to improve testing capacity to detect antibiotic-resistance pathogens through training and consultation; exchange isolated strains of bacteria, and share information on best practices and scientific advances in microbiological testing techniques. Vietnam and the US will work together to improve antibiotic use management, probe into infection outbreaks, and develop epidemiologic personnel.

Source: VOV5