Dzulkefly, Vietnam Minister Discuss EMR, Social Health Insurance

Both Malaysian and Vietnamese health ministers want top officials to hold further bilateral discussions.

KUALA LUMPUR, August 30 — Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad made a courtesy call to his Vietnamese counterpart in Cambodia Wednesday, ahead of the 14th Asean Health Ministers Meeting (AHMM).

During Dzulkefly’s meeting with Vietnam’s Health Minister Dr Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, the latter shared her country’s experience in rolling out electronic medical records (EMR), which Dzulkefly said he was looking forward to seeing it in person in his visit to Vietnam next month.

Dr Nguyen also related to Dzulkefly about Vietnam’s social health insurance that was described as a “fairly successful” scheme so far.

“The Vietnamese minister also shared her country’s efforts in pushing the preventive and promotive approach to their community.

“To achieve this goal, Vietnam has been focusing on enhancing their community health centres. Over time, the confidence level of the Vietnamese population in these centres have significantly increased,” Dzulkefly’s office said in a statement.

Both ministers expressed commitment to ensure that their top officials hold further bilateral discussions to strengthen ties and enhance collaboration in various aspects in health between Malaysia and Vietnam.

The Malaysian delegation to the 14th AHMM in Siem Reap includes Health deputy director-general (Public health) Dr Chong Chee Kheong and Pharmaceutical Services Division deputy director Mazlan Ismail.

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