A new volunteer programme aims to help overloaded hospitals deal with issues like childcare for patients' kids, Nguyen Phi Long, of the Viet Nam Central Youth Union, tells Tien Phong (Vanguard).
Why did the Viet Nam United Youth League create the programme, Give Strength to Patients?
Currently, central hospitals are overloaded, while patients' families have to spend more due to some unexpected services. The inconvenience in caring for children has resulted in high pressure for patients' families.
The Viet Nam Central United Youth League in co-operation with the Young Doctors Association organised the programme to support poor and underprivileged patients in central and provincial hospitals.
The programme utilises young volunteers who have taken healthcare training courses, particularly students from medical universities. They help poor patients and their families to lighten the burden faced by nurseries at hospitals.
The programme will help support a national public healthcare plan, with the aim to provide equal healthcare services for all people.
How is the programme organised, and what will the young volunteers be doing?
This year, the programme will be implemented in 30 hospitals in Ha Noi, HCM City, Hue, Da Nang and Can Tho.
In the future, about 10,000 volunteers will work in 100 groups for 90 more hospitals from 2016 to 2020.
A total of 3,000 young volunteers working in 30 groups have been mobilised to co-operate with hospitals' administrative duty officials by helping patients and their families complete documents and procedures while checking in and out of hospitals.
They will also help patients access treatment services in the hospitals, and teach them about hygiene and security rules.
The volunteers will transport and deliver patients between treatment departments to keep them safe and secure.
They will also help poor patients' families taking care of them and keep them in good spirits with charity gifts such as food or music shows.
The programme so far has provided charity activities such as Noi chao yeu thuong (Soup for beloved) and Bat com tinh nghia (Rice of affection) in many hospitals.
The programme aims to reduce 30 per cent of nursing and administrative work for hospital workers, 80 to 90 per cent of smoking and 50 to 70 per cent of littering in the 30 targeted hospitals.
Will the programme help hospitals eradicate bribery problems, which have had a serious impact on the sector's ethics and prestige?
One of the most serious issues healthcare faces in Viet Nam is bribery from patients and illegal brokers.
Though the Ministry of Health and hospitals have tried to rid the sector of these things, they still happen every day.
Thus, Give Strength to Patients, with its humanitarian activities, has vowed to help eradicate such negativities by promoting the high value of the healthcare sector among patients and doctors. —VNS