(VOV) - The World Health Organization (WHO)’s Chief Representative of in Vietnam, Jean Marc Olive, has been awarded a Friendship Order from the Vietnamese State.
A ceremony was held by the Vietnamese Embassy in Paris on January 17 to present the award to Dr. Jean Marc Olive in recognition of his great contributions to developing the health sector in Vietnam during his 2007-2010 term.
In his speech, Vietnamese ambassador to France Duong Chi Dung praised Mr Olive’s contributions and his tireless efforts to help Vietnam prevent avian flu and AH1N1 influenza epidemics in 2009.
Thanks to his assistance, Vietnam has successfully applied advanced technology and upgraded medical facilities to improve the healthcare system, Mr Dung said.
The ambassador also spoke highly of his support for Vietnam’s extended immunization program and its efforts to prevent and control HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, non-infectious diseases.
Apart from helping Vietnam take part in international medial conferences and forums, Mr Olive has engaged in the process of preparing documents related to agreements signed by the Vietnamese Government and healthcare development assistance partners.
For his part, Mr Olive thanked the Vietnamese Government and State for the award which he said indicates the Vietnamese people’s fine sentiment towards him and the development of France-Vietnam cooperation in the medical sector.