HCM CITY — The HCM City's People's Committee has urged the city's health sector to complete necessary investment procedures so that construction of major projects to curb overload at hospitals in the city's inner areas can begin by the end of this year.
Hua Ngoc Thuan, deputy chairman of the city's People's Committee, said that the city will build seven new hospitals at four gateways to the city.
These include: the Children's Hospital in the west; Cu Chi General Hospital and Hoc Mon Hospital in the north; the Orthopaedic and Trauma Hospital in the south and the Thu Duc General Hospital in the east.
Addressing a ceremony held in the city yesterday to mark the 57th anniversary of the Vietnamese Physicians' Day, which falls on February 27, Thuan also said that the city's health sector should develop a epidemiologic disease surveillance system to prevent outbreaks of dangerous diseases.
"The quality of health care services should be improved, particularly health check-ups and treatment for children under six," he said.
He said the health sector should raise the nurse-doctor ratio from 2:1 to 3-3.5 to one.
The city's health sector was praised for its outstanding achievements and application of advanced treatment methods.
Doctors in the city's Children's Hospital No.1 have been able to save the lives of several patients suffering from advanced stages of the hand-foot-mouth disease because they successfully researched and applied a blood filter technique, said Phan Van Bau, deputy director of the city's Department of Health.
Three hospitals in the city had applied the technique – the Children's Hospital No 1 and No 2 and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases.
Seven liver transplant operations for children have so far been performed successfully by the city's Children's Hospital No 2, accounting for half the number carried out nationwide.
The city is also providing antiretroviral treatment for one-third of the people living with AIDS nationwide, Bau said.
The rate of mother-to-child transmission among HIV-positive women in the city has reduced to around three per cent, instead of 25-30 per cent without an intervention programme, he added. —VNS