According to Senior Colonel Dang Hong Tien, General Director of the center, in recent years, Vietnam has been identified as one of the flash-points of infectious diseases. Against this backdrop, the Vietnam-Russia Tropical Center and the Russian Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Human Welfare has regularly co-organized training programs on preventing and controlling tropical infectious diseases.

Delegates visiting the vehicle-based mobile laboratory

In 2018, the two sides implemented plague surveillance activities in the Central Highlands and continued to conduct research in seven Northern provinces of Vietnam in early 2019. The work brought about initial encouraging results.

The specialized vehicle is used to respond quickly to the outbreak of dangerous infectious diseases. In addition, it can also be used to support other laboratories when conducting activities to ensure hygiene and epidemiology for people in case of an outbreak of dangerous epidemics.

The vehicle can be used to monitor dangerous infectious diseases including diseases which are transmissible from animals to humans. In April and May 2019, the two units conducted a field trip to test the vehicle in several Northern border provinces, and conducted early detection of disease outbreaks in these localities.

The vehicle was developed by the Microbe Institute and were used in some African and Asian countries.

Translated by Chung Anh