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Central Highlands improves healthcare

Update: October, 01/2014 - 08:54
As a result, 30 per cent of commune-level medical stations in the region meet the national standards for healthcare.— Photo dangcongsan

DAK LAK (VNS) — All Central Highlands communes have medical stations providing basic healthcare services, according to the Central Highlands Steering Committee.

As a result, more pregnant women are visiting the medical stations for examinations and progress has been made in treating common diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, goiter and cholera.

The number of medical staff at commune-level infirmaries is now 18,325, approximately 3.5 times higher than in 2001. All the medical stations have paediatric nurses and midwives and over 81 per cent have doctors. All provinces provide community-based healthcare training for traditional midwives.

As a result, 30 per cent of commune-level medical stations in the region meet the national standards for healthcare. That percentage in Dak Lak Province is 45 per cent.

Local authorities urged the Government, relevant ministries and agencies to increase investment to repair and upgrade medical stations and train and recruit medical staff.

The Central Highlands region comprises Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Lam Dong, Gia Lai and Kon Tum. These provinces are home to over 5.4 million people, 25.7 per cent of whom belong to ethnic minority groups. — VNS

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