UK Ambassador Gareth Ward visits OUCRU and HTD

OUCRU and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City were honored with a visit from British Ambassador Gareth Ward on Friday June 26th.

The Ambassador and his team wanted to visit to pass on their thanks for the excellent care offered to British patients who received treatment at the hospital during the COVID-19 epidemic in Vietnam.

At the height of the epidemic, OUCRU labs were repurposed, to be able to process more than 1,000 tests per day using RT-PCR. This diagnostic work was led by Dr Le Van Tan from our Emerging Infections research group – with hospital and lab staff working around the clock in March to scale up capacity and support the local health system.