Deputy Defense Minister Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien and Deputy Chief of General Staff Senior Lieutenant General Phung Si Tan attended the event.

Sr. Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien hands over the certificate to establish the first ITLS training center in Vietnam to Military Hospital 175.

Accordingly, the center is supported by the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) Program of the U.S. Government. The ITLS Program, consisting of five periods, was implemented from September 2022 to February 2024. It conducted five training courses at Military Hospital 175. Up to now, the center in Vietnam has officially received international and U.S. certifications.

Thanks to the ITLS center, Vietnam will pro-actively carry out training courses and issue certificates to meet U.N. requirements for medical forces participating in U.N. peacekeeping operations and for medical officers and staff inside and outside the military, contributing to developing a team of ITLS instructors meeting international standards and laying a foundation for the second ITLS center in Vietnam.

Leaders of the MND and GS and delegates at the event

Speaking at the event, Sr. Lt. Gen. Phung Si Tan underlined that the debut of the ITLS center in Vietnam contributed to raising the country’s international position in international trauma life support training and intensifying cooperation between Vietnam and international partners in the time to come.

He added that functional agencies of the Ministry of National Defense would continue to coordinate with Military Hospital 175 to ensure that the center would operate effectively.

Translated by Quynh Oanh