Singapore and Vietnam armed forces conduct joint medical mission

Medical team, comprising personnel from the SAF and the VPA, performing dental screening on a young Vietnamese boy in Vinh Phuc province, Hanoi, Vietnam.

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is on a joint medical mission with the Vietnam People's Army (VPA) in Vinh Phuc province, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Chief of Medical Corps Rear-Admiral (RADM) (Dr) Kang Wee Lee co-officiated at the opening ceremony of the mission with the Director General of the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence's Military Medicine Department, Major-General Vu Quoc Binh on Wednesday.

The SAF-VPA Joint Medical Mission will be held from today till April 18.

Singapore's delegation includes 24 servicemen and women from the SAF Medical Corps. They will help provide primary healthcare, dental and ophthalmology services to the residents in Vinh Phuc province.

As part of the programme, the SAF and the VPA are also conducting medical professional knowledge exchanges on peace-keeping operations and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, RADM (Dr) Kang said: "The SAF strongly values the opportunities for mutual learning and professional interactions in the domain of military medicine, and is pleased to work with the VPA for this Joint Medical Mission."

Both armed forces interact regularly through high-level visits, professional exchanges, cross-attendance of courses and port calls.