The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC) has been assisting a recently-activated emergency operations center of Vietnam amid growing fear about the deadly Ebola outbreak, it was announced Friday.
U.S. CDC has provided technical and financial support to strengthen the Vietnamese emergency operations center “to better prepare for public health emergencies and prevent diseases from spreading in Vietnam, the region, and the world,” the Consulate General of the U.S. in Ho Chi Minh City said in a statement.
Vietnam’s Ministry of Health has activated the emergency operations center for a preparedness response with support from the U.S. CDC and the World Health Organization. The move is done in response to the WHO determination of an international emergency regarding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
As part of the U.S. Global Health Security Agenda launched in February 2014, and in partnership with Vietnam, U.S. CDC has provided training and support to government leaders and public health workers to better respond in case of a disease outbreak emergency, the statement reads.
The support includes upgrading laboratory equipment and information systems to detect outbreaks faster.
Dr. Tran Dac Phu, director general of the General Department of Preventive Medicine, who leads the emergency operations center in Vietnam, said working together is “a very important part of protecting Vietnam and the world from disease outbreaks.”
“With Global Health Security support from U.S. CDC, WHO, and other international organizations, we have strengthened our emergency operations center and enhanced our ability to better detect and respond to disease outbreaks, such as the current Ebola outbreak,” he added.
Last year Vietnam participated in a six-month Global Health Security demonstration project with the U.S. CDC, WHO, the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and USAID to enhance its capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to disease outbreaks.