|President Truong Tan Sang (R) attends a ceremony in Ha Noi on Saturday to mark Vietnamese Doctors' Day. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc
HA NOI (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang asked the health sector to continue revamping its operations and changing health workers' attitudes towards patients.
Speaking at a ceremony in Ha Noi on Saturday to mark Vietnamese Doctors' Day, the State leader called for reforms in personnel and communications in the sector.
The sector should upgrade infrastructure and equipment while increasing scientific and technological research and application, he said.
Sang also hailed the sector's achievements over the past 61 years, as well as its contributions to national defence and construction.
Viet Nam had met most of the UN Millennium Development Goals related to health, he said, stressing that medical work played an important role in the context of globalisation, climate change, environment and diseases.
At the ceremony, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien reported that the healthcare network had been consolidated and expanded to meet public needs.
Thanks to efforts from the entire medical system, major diseases had been detected, controlled or prevented from entering Viet Nam. Hundreds of hospitals had been built or upgraded, she said.
Viet Nam had produced 10 out of 11 vaccines used in the national immunisation programme, Tien said, noting that the average life expectancy had increased.
However, the official admitted that the sector had failed to meet people's increasing demand for healthcare.
On the occasion, individuals and units that have made contributions to public health care were honoured.
February 27 was designated as Vietnamese Doctors' Day, as it was the day President Ho Chi Minh sent a letter to healthcare staff across the country. — VNS