|Huynh Cong Hung, head of the committee under the city's People's Council, said that only 13 out of 318 health centres in wards and communes have two doctors, and the remaining have only one.— Photo vietq.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — The head of HCM City's Committee for Cultural and Social Affairs has urged the Health Department to increase the number of doctors at ward and commune's health centres, many of which have only one doctor.
Huynh Cong Hung, head of the committee under the city's People's Council, said that only 13 out of 318 health centres in wards and communes have two doctors, and the remaining have only one.
"One doctor is not enough," Hung said at meeting of the committee and Health Department.
Each ward and commune health centre should have at least two doctors, he said.
To ensure health care and disease prevention, the wards and communes should be given priority to invest in facilities, equipment and human resources, he added.
Nguyen Tri Dung, head of the city's Preventive Health Centre, said the health centres had few doctors for several reasons, including low salaries.
"Even a few doctors have left some centres," Dung said.
The department has recruited doctors from the city University of Medicine and Pharmacy to work in the ward and commune health centres, he said.
"But we are worried they will work for just a short time," he said.
It is estimated that the city needs at least an additional 1,015 healthcare employees, including doctors for health centres at wards and communes, according to Le Minh Hung, deputy head of Health Department's Medical Affairs Division.
He said the department needed VND178 billion (US$8.5 million) to build and upgrade substandard health centres at communes and wards next year.
Of 318 health centres at communes and wards, 282 meet building and equipment standards.
Thi Thi Tuyet Nhung, deputy head of the Committee for Cultural and Social Affairs, has asked the department to give funding priority to substandard health centres.
Hung said the Preventive Health Centre was also seeking ways to eliminate dengue fever and hand, foot and mouth disease in districts 8, Binh Chanh, Binh Tan and Thu Duc, where there is a high incidence of the diseases. — VNS