HCM CITY — After two days of suffering from loss of appetite, headache and high fever of 39.5 degree Celsius, Nguyen Thi Oanh was taken to Binh Thanh District Hospital in HCM City and diagnosed with dengue fever in the third stage.
|A doctor examines an elderly patient at a local hospital in HCM City's District 3. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Vy
Correct diagnosis and prompt treatment helped Oanh recover from her illness.
Oanh is one of thousands of patients in HCM City whose illnesses can be treated at district-level hospitals instead of being transferred to large hospitals in the city.
This has been made possible because HCM City has implemented well Project 1816 initiated by the Ministry of Health in 2008.
Project 1816 aims to send doctors and nurses from large hospitals to give support to those at the district and lower administrative levels, help transfer technology and skills and reduce the influx of patients at large hospitals.
Le Hoang Quy, deputy director of Binh Thanh District Hospital, said that in previous years, his hospital had to transfer cases of child dengue fever in the third stage to the Paediatric Hospitals No. 1 and 2 in HCM City.
After receiving the supports of doctors from the Paediatrics Hospital No. 2, Binh Thanh Hospital is able to diagnose accurately the state of child dengue fever patients and begin proper treatment, Quy told the Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) newspaper.
Doctors at the Binh Thanh District Hospital can now treat other illnesses at critical stages, including dengue fever, severe pneumonia with respiratory failure and removal of appendicitis.
Similarly, with the help of doctors from Hung Vuong and Nguyen Tri Phuong hospitals as well as the HCM City Hospital of Otorhinolaryngology, diagnosis and treatment provided by Can Gio District Hospital has improved.
Previously, the hospital had to transfer most of its patients to higher-level hospitals for treatment.
Over more than two years of implementing Project 1816, large hospitals in HCM City have sent 152 medical staff members to support the city's lower-level hospitals, according to the city's Department of Health.
Apart from training their colleagues, the staff also directly treated nearly 10,000 patients and performed surgeries on 129 patients at lower level hospitals.
Under the order of the Department of Health, specialised hospitals in the city have also set up consultation rooms at district-level hospitals.
The Paediatrics Hospital No. 2, for instance, has set up a specialised consultation room at Binh Thanh District Hospital which now serves 200 children a day.
The HCM City Eye Hospital has also established a consultation room at Nha Be District Hospital.
The impact of Project 1816 has spread further with 24 of 31 hospitals in the city supporting 64 hospitals in 28 provinces and cities in the south.
More than 2,700 doctors and nurses in the city have been deputed to work at the 64 hospitals, transferring an estimated 1,858 treatment techniques and directly treating 137,599 patients and providing surgeries for 5,454 patients.
The task will be continued this year, the city's Health Department officials have said. — VNS