Strokes kill 200,000 a year in Vietnam

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Every year 200,000 people die of strokes in Vietnam, but the country has failed to establish a system to prevent the deadly accident caused by disturbances in blood supply to the brain, a doctor said on Sunday.

According to Prof Le Van Thanh, chairman of the Vietnam Association for Cerebrovascular Accident Prevention, about 200,000 people have strokes in Vietnam annually.

He said Vietnam now lacks personnel specialized in treating strokes, quoting a survey as saying that 78 local hospitals are capable of opening stroke departments, but only half of them have neurologists.

Currently 440,000 people are living after having had strokes across Vietnam.

Thanh was speaking at a press conference on the upcoming meeting of the Asian Australian Federation of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology.

Held for the first time in Vietnam, the biennial meeting will be organized on March 26-28 in the central city of Da Nang with the participation of 300 local doctors and professors, and 200 leading experts from countries like Canada, France, Germany, and the US.

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