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A medical symposium today in Saigon as a memorial tribute to the legacy of heroic Italian md and biologist Carlo Urbani

Date:

11/11/2019


A medical symposium today in Saigon as a memorial tribute to the legacy of heroic Italian md and biologist Carlo Urbani

HCMC, November 11th, 2019 – A large audience of professors, academics, and medical authorities from all over Asia has gathered today in Saigon to take part to the Carlo Urbani, SARS (2003) and Health Literacy Memorial Symposium. The workshop has focused on the latest achievements in scientific research and treatment for infectious diseases and pandemics in Asia, with speakers coming from Taiwan, United Kingdom, Vietnam and Italy.

The symposium has also proven an effective occasion to pay tribute to the legacy of the Italian MD Carlo Urbani. As responsible for the WHO in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam he was able to detect the SARS and prevent its pandemic diffusion in Asia, at the cost of his own life (and the one of other four operators) in 2003. His timely action proved crucial in saving many thousands of lives, making possible for Vietnam to be the first country declaring the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome eradicated in 2003.

In his opening remarks, the Consul General of Italy in HCMC Dante Brandi has underlined the tributes Italy paid to the memory and legacy of such a remarkable Italian national in his endeavor. A part from the Gold Medal for extraordinary merits in the field of Public Health, Italy has promoted the funding and establishment of the Carlo Urbani Center at Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy. Thanks to the continuous support of the Italian Cooperation Aid and medical institutions such as the University of Sassari and the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, the Carlo Urbani Center has become today a point of reference for the control and prevention of respiratory infections in South-East Asia, as well as a crucial cultural and scientific bridge between Italy and Vietnam.

 

The Consul General's full specch, Dante Brandi, is avaiable at this link.


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