Update: 08:49 | 31/01/2020
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has decided to establish a national steering committee for prevention and control of the acute respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus (nCoV).
The committee is headed by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, while Deputy Ministers of Health Do Xuan Tuyen and Nguyen Truong Son work as its deputy heads.
The steering committee’s members also include representatives from various ministries and agencies. The Ministry of Health is the standing agency of the steering committee.
Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam examines the preparedness for quarantining and treating patients infected with coronavirus at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases.
It is tasked to help the PM instruct and coordinate relevant ministries, ministry-level and governmental agencies and localities in the fight against the nCoV-caused acute respiratory disease across the country.
The committee is assigned to direct the coordination between ministries, ministry-level and governmental agencies and bodies of the Party, Vietnam Fatherland Front and People’s Committees of centrally-run provinces and cities in mobilising resources to participate in and support the implementation of urgent plans launched by the Ministry of Health.
The steering committee is responsible for carrying out and supervising the performance of the PM’s instructions by ministries, sectors and localities and making daily reports about the development of the disease to the PM and authorities.
The northern port city of Hai Phong also set up a steering committee for prevention and control of the disease.