|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung held a working session on Saturday with the HCM City People's Committee on ways to reduce the overload at the city's hospitals.— Photo phunuonline
HCM CITY (VNS)— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung held a working session on Saturday with the HCM City People's Committee on ways to reduce the overload at the city's hospitals.
During the session, Vice Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Hua Ngoc Thuan said the city's hospitals have been gradually upgraded to meet the people's demands, but revealed that on average there are only 42 beds available for every 10,000 people.
He said that overloading usually hits specialised hospitals the hardest, as people from rural areas flock to them for better treatment than they could get at their home locality.
In response to the situation, the city has been implementing a master plan, approved by the Prime Minister, to establish satellite hospitals in the 2013-20 period. Hopefully this move will help mitigate the overload.
Accordingly, hospitals at grassroots levels across the country will be given advanced equipment and their staff will be trained to develop their qualifications. Improving these hospitals will allow them to attract more patients.
The Prime Minister affirmed the government's decision to provide the city with funding for its key clinics, the Oncology Hospital and the Children's Hospital, as well as upgrading several existing institutions, such as Cho Ray and Thong Nhat hospitals.
The PM urged the city to promptly finish the land clearance process in order to complete the construction within the next three years and offer a better service to patients.
Construction of the HCM City Children's Hospital in Binh Chanh District started in early August this year with total investment of VND5 trillion (US$238 million). It will provide 1,000-1,500 beds.
Meanwhile, work on the Oncology Hospital in District 9's Tan Phu Ward is scheduled to begin in next month. The 1,000-bed hospital will be built at the cost of VND5 trillion. — VNS