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New hospitals to ease overload

Update: June, 11/2012 - 09:47

 

The recently-opened Ninh Binh General Hospital in northern Ninh Binh Province has 700 beds and modern facilities. Construction of new satellite hospitals aim to ease the overload at major hospitals in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Huu Oai
HA NOI — The Ministry of Health plans to build more satellite hospitals to curb the overload at major hospitals in Ha Noi.

Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said the satellite hospitals would get assistance from main hospitals' trained medical staff on rotation.

The new project would improve hospital treatment at district and even commune levels, she said.

Since 2005, two central hospitals of Bach Mai and Viet Duc have helped better professional skills for 14 satellite hospitals at provincial level in the north.

"The combination of rotating local staff and building satellite hospitals would improve health examinations and treatment and reduce hospital overload," Tien said.

Director of the ministry's Medical Services Administration Department Luong Ngoc Khue said the ministry would focus on transferring medical techniques in some specialities, including oncology, obstetrics, paediatrics and cardiology.

"Doctors would train staff at lower level hospitals until they master the medical techniques. After that, the health ministry would limit the number of patients sent to higher levels if the medical techniques were available at lower levels," Khue said.

Shortages of infrastructure, medical facilities and human resources needed to be overcome first at provincial and district hospitals, especially in mountainous and remote areas.

He estimated VND150-200 billion (US$7-9.5 million) would be needed for the satellite hospitals over the next three years. They would come from the State Budget or ODA sources.

Director of Viet Duc Hospital Nguyen Tien Quyet said that before the satellite hospitals were introduced, patient overload had led to 2-4 patients sharing a bed in his hospital.

During 2003-04, the hospital had performed 16,000 surgical operations each year and two or three patients had shared a bed in some wards.

Thanks to the satellite hospitals, patients sent from lower levels to Viet Duc Hospital had reduced dramatically. The number of surgery operations increased to 40,000 a year with patients receiving treatment at both satellite and main hospitals.

Ministry of Health statistics showed more than $7 million had been invested to carry out the satellite hospital project which had benefited more than 6,000 medical staff of 14 hospitals in the north since 2009.

Thanks to the project, 72 hospitals nation-wide had sent doctors to support hospitals at lower levels. Doctors had given check-ups and treatments to more than 1.1 million patient visits and performed nearly 24,000 surgeries. — VNS

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