Maria Larsson promoted children’s right in Vietnam

“Children should be able to enjoy a secure and drug-free childhood and older people should be able to enjoy life as much as they always did,” Maria Larsson, Swedish Minister for Children and the Elderly, said Thursday at a conference in Hanoi. The Swedish Minister is on a three-day visit to Vietnam.

“No matter where we go, we want our life to be long and healthy and our children to grow up strongly,” she said.

Maria Larsson called for greater cooperation between Sweden and Vietnam on improving healthcare services and said she hoped her visit would be a chance to promote Sweden’s values regarding the rights of children and introduce the leading medical and healthcare technologies of her nation.

Wednesday, Larsson met Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Xuyen, who said she had high regard for the support of Sweden in building national strategies to improve the ability of health staff and in developing healthcare models.
Nguyen Thi Xuyen said the two countries could co-operate in epidemic prevention and control, radiotherapy and the development of healthcare systems.

The Swedish minister also paid a visit to the National Hospital of Paediatrics, Thuy An Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped Children in Ba Vi, and Child Protection Centre No 4.

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