|The 500-bed Lao Cai General Hospital has officially opened in the northern mountain province of Lao Cai Province this morning, becoming the province's largest and most modern hospital.—VNS Photo
LAO CAI (VNS)– The 500-bed Lao Cai General Hospital has officially opened in the northern mountain province of Lao Cai Province this morning, becoming the province's largest and most modern hospital.
The province is located in the northwest of Viet Nam. Sixty five per cent of its population are ethnic minority people. Due to mountainous terrain in the area, a common issue is a lack of medical facilities, with local patients suffering from serious illnesses travelling all the long journey to the capital city of Ha Noi, some 340km away from the province for treatment.
The construction of the 26-ha hospital, which started in 2008, was invested with a total capital of VND707.5 billion (US$33.7 million) from the State bond and ODA of the Republic of Korea's government. Of those, the Korea Eximbank provided some $13.6 million from the Economic Development Co-operation Fund to purchase all the medical equipment, including MRI, CT scanner, X-ray machine and ultrasound diagnostic units.
"The opening of the Lao Cai General Hospital with 500 beds will benefit the local people, especially the poor and ethnic minorities, allowing access and use of quality healthcare services and gradually create an equality in healthcare system for all," said director of the provincial health department, Nong Tien Cuong.
"With the most advanced medical equipment and human resources, the hospital will help shorten the treatment time, which can ease the burden for local residents and prevent overcrowding in the hospital," Cuong said, "Also it can help decrease the number of patients who have to be transferred to central governmental level's hospitals for treatment". -- VNS