Brussels (VNA) – Vietnam is one of 66 military medical delegations gathered in the Belgian capital Brussels for the 44th International Committee of Military Medicine (CIMM) World Congress held September 5-9.
The event marks the 100th anniversary of ICMM, whose celebrations were postponed last year due to COVID-19.
This event offers Vietnam the opportunity to share its experience in the field, said Colonel Nguyen Van Giang, deputy director of the Department of Military Medicine of the Ministry of National Defense, who led the Vietnamese delegation.
It focuses its discussions on pressing global issues, such as fighting epidemics, especially COVID-19; future trends in surgery; emergency care on the battlefield; infection control; feeding with milk; and shock resuscitation, he said.
One of the presentations that sparked interest at this year’s event came from Belgium’s Queen Astrid Military Hospital. He introduced “phage therapy” which uses bacteriophages to treat bacterial infections. It is expected to be an alternative to antibiotics when bacteria develop resistance.
The new method can help fight the rise of antibiotic resistance which is now considered a major global public health problem, said General Pierre Neirinckx, Deputy Secretary General of the ICMM.
Founded in Brussels in 1921, the CIMM now has 119 military medical units from different countries and territories around the world./.