A state-level medical scientific council has been formed to assess the condition of President Ho Chi Minh’s embalmed body, which is currently entombed at his mausoleum in Hanoi.
The establishment of the council was approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
The advisory body includes seven Vietnamese and four Russian members.
Among the Vietnamese delegates are Prof. Dang Vu Minh, president of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA), Prof. Do Quyet, a military lieutenant general and director of the Vietnam Military Medical University, and Prof. Ta Thanh Van, president of the Hanoi Medical University.
The four Russian scientists include Prof. Banin Victor Vasilievich and Sidelnikov Nikolai Ivanovich, who are working at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Prof. Matveychuk Igor Vasilievich, an official from a Russian research institute, and Prof. Gribunov Iury Pavlovich, chief surgeon at the Russian presidential office’s hospital.
Prof. Dang Vu Minh and Prof. Banin Victor Vasilievich will co-chair the council.
Apart from examining and assessing the condition of President Ho Chi Minh’s body, which has been preserved for the past 50 years, the council will develop a proposal for research cooperation and scientific and technical solutions in service of the work. After his death on September 2, 1969, the late Vietnamese president was embalmed and later put on display at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, whose construction began in 1973 and was finished two years later.
The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is an important landmark in Hanoi and is considered integral to the political and social history of Vietnam.