HANOI, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- The second Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Traditional Medicine conference closed here Tuesday, passing the seven-point Hanoi joint declaration.
The three-day conference was held under the theme of "Bringing Traditional Medicine to the National Healthcare System Towards a Feasible Model for ASEAN Countries," drawing ASEAN Secretary- General Surin Pitsuwan and more than 200 representatives from ASEAN countries, Japan, China, the Republic of Korea, India and international medical organizations.
In the closing ceremony, Vietnamese Minister of Health Nguyen Quocs Trieu said ASEAN countries were urged to build action plans and mechanisms for boosting cooperation in traditional medicine.
Representatives held fruitful discussions to share experience in attaching traditional medicine to the national healthcare systems and preserving rich resources of medicines in ASEAN countries to take better care of people, said Trieu.
The Hanoi Joint declaration will provide criteria for ASEAN countries to carry out and assess the implementation of cooperation in traditional medicine among countries, according to Trieu.
On the sidelines of the conference, an exhibition on achievements of traditional medicine of some ASEAN countries was held, showcasing posters and documents on traditional medicine.