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HA NOI (VNS)— The medical station in An Thuong Commune has only three beds for patients and one bed for medical workers.
All of the beds are old and fail to meet hygiene standards, said Hoang Thi Phuc, director of the Hoai Duc District Health Department.
Moreover, medical workers and patients in the station, which was built in 1990 and has not since been upgraded, have only one old toilet to share.
Ha Noi's health sector plans to spend VND68 billion (US$3.2 million) this year on improving medical stations, according to the municipal Department of Health.
Funds from the city budget will be used to upgrade 45 medical stations citywide, including the one in An Thuong Commune.
"The district had trouble getting capital for repairs from investors due to the complicated procedures and the lack of relevant policies. So we must wait for funds from the municipal authorities to repair any stations," said Phuc.
With the funds, the district plans to build more rooms to separate areas with different functions. In many stations, health checks are currently conducted in the same room as injections and administrative work.
Moreover, clean water systems will be installed in the Tien Yen Commune station as well as other stations that currently lack access.
Director of the Thanh Tri Health Department Nguyen Ky said that local medical workers did not know how to use a lot of health equipment in medical stations.
He suggested that in addition to upgrading infrastructure, the city allocate funds for improving medical workers' ability to use modern machinery.
Most medical stations in the district are less than 50sq. m, even though the Ministry of Health regulated that a medical station must be at least 60sq.m.
Last year the municipal health sector spent VND21.8 billion to upgrade 27 health check wards in various hospitals. — VNS