HCM CITY (VNS0— Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien has asked hospital directors nationwide to upgrade facilities in order to ease patient overload and the sharing of hospital beds.
Speaking at a conference held yesterday in HCM City, Tien said that Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung had approved a national plan that calls for "one patient, one bed" by 2015.
Tien said that oncology, cardiology, obstetrics and paediatrics wards at key hospitals in HCM City and Ha Noi would be given top priority.
|Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien has ask hospital directors nationwide to upgrade facilities in order to ease patient overload and the sharing of hospital beds.—VNA/VNS Photo
Some patients have to wait four hours for an appointment, according to Tien.
The national plan calls for one doctor to examine no more than 50 patients each day by 2015, and no more than 35 a day by 2020.
Last year, 12,711 more beds were put into use at hospitals nationwide. Of them, the number of beds for central hospitals increased 6.6 per cent.
However, patient overload at central hospitals and specialised ones in large cities like HCM City and Ha Noi last year was still high.
Demand rose last year for health exams and treatment at central hospitals and specialised ones in HCM City and Ha Noi, Luong Ngoc Khue, head of the Ministry of Health's Treatment and Examination Management Department, said.
The total number of patients visiting hospitals for health exams and treatment last year rose to nearly 132 million, an increase of 6.8 per cent compared to 2011, according to reports from 1,086 hospitals nationwide.
In addition, 11 million people were brought to hospitals for multiple-day treatments last year, an increase of 6 per cent against 2011.
According to the World Health Organisation, bed occupation rate should not exceed 85 per cent in order to ensure the effectiveness and quality of health care.
However, the bed occupation rate central hospitals in Viet Nam last year was 112.5 per cent.
At the conference, the ministry announced that more projects had been launched, including the training of medical staff in the areas of TB, leprosy, mental disorders, forensic medicine and surgery.
Khue said that 50 provinces and cities had made a commitment to set up satellite hospitals in their localities. — VNS