THE GOVERNMENT
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SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom - Happiness
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No: 49/2003/ND-CP
Hanoi, May 15, 2003
 DECREE
DEFINING THE FUNCTIONS, TASKS, POWERS AND ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH
THE GOVERNMENT
Pursuant to the December 25, 2001 Law on Organization of the Government;
Pursuant to Resolution No. 02/2002/QH11 of August 5, 2002 of the first session of the XIth National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, prescribing the list of ministries and ministerial-level agencies of the Government;
Pursuant to the Government’s Decree No. 86/2002/ND-CP of November 5, 2002 defining the functions, tasks, powers and organizational structures of the ministries and ministerial-level agencies;
At the proposals of the Minister of Health and the Minister of the Interior,
DECREES:
Article 1.- Position and functions
The Ministry of Health is a governmental agency performing the function of State management over the care and protection of the people’s health, including the following domains: preventive medicine, medical examination and treatment, functional rehabilitation, traditional medicine, human preventive and curative medicines, cosmetics affecting human health, food safety and hygiene and medical equipment; State management of public services in the domains under its management and representation of the owner of State capital portions in State-invested enterprises under its management according to the provisions of law.

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