|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (M) last Saturday kicked off the construction of the 1,000-bed HCM City Paediatrics Hospital.— Photo Phuong Vi
HCM CITY (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung last Saturday kicked off the construction of the 1,000-bed HCM City Paediatrics Hospital, which when finished in 2016 will be the city's third hospital for children.
"The hospital will help reduce the patient overload of HCM City's two existing paediatrics hospitals," he said. "The city's paediatrics hospitals have been faced with a patient overload."
"Two or three children have often had to share a bed. Now the city will have one more paediatrics hospital offering high-quality health examinations and treatment," Dung added.
Around 60 per cent of the patients treated at the city's two paediatrics hospitals are from southern provinces and city outside HCM City.
The hospital will also be the main site in the southern region to train doctors who work in southern provinces and cities.
"The training task is very important because provincial paediatrics hospitals lack highly qualified doctors," he said, adding that many residents in other provinces bring their children to HCM City hospitals.
The Prime Minister asked the builders to ensure construction progress, safety and quality and told the HCM City Department of Health to prepare staff for the hospital's future opening.
Located in the outlying district of Binh Chanh, the new hospital covers 54 hectares and has eight stories and one basement, according to Nguyen Tan Binh, head of the city Department of Health, who spoke at the ceremony.
The hospital, with total capital of VND4.5 trillion (US$214 million), is part of the government's "Project on Building Five Hospitals at the Central Level", approved by the Prime Minister in January.
Le Hoang Quan, chairman of the HCM City People's Committee, said the hospital, to be built in Tan Kien and Tan Nhut communes, was part of the city's health development plan to 2020.
In the future, the hospital will cover 73 hectares with additional facilities for treatment, scientific research and training, according to Quan.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Kieu Cong Binh, a resident of Tan Kien Commune, said his family, which received compensation from the city, had been willing to move because they recognised the importance of the project.
The Prime Minister also urged the Ministry of Health and the city's leaders to speed up construction of branch hospitals of the city's Cho Ray Hospital, the Oncology Hospital and Orthopedic Trauma Hospital. These hospitals are also facing patient overload.
"These hospitals will have modern medical equipment, which will help reduce the number of people who travel abroad for treatment," Dung added.
Currently, the city has more than 100 hospitals with more than 32,000 beds, serving an average of more than 31 million people each year.
Of that number, about 1.4 million are in-patients, according to the Health Department. More than 40 per cent are from other provinces and cities.
Next year, the number of health facilities in HCM City will increase and the number of beds is expected to rise to a total of 50,000.
Naval shipyard visit
Also on Saturday, PM Dung visited HCM City's Ba Son Shipyard Company, one of Viet Nam's top naval shipyards.
Ba Son is building six fast-attack Molniya missile boats with the assistance of Russia's Almaz Central Design Bureau.
In April, the company finished the first two in co-ordination with the Ministry of Defence, the People's Navy and Russian experts.
The construction took about 10 years of preparation and four years of implementation and involved hundreds of workers and engineers.
The missile boats were delivered to the Viet Nam People's Navy in June.
They have a maximum speed of 38 miles per hour and are equipped with 16 Uran-E anti-ship rockets with a range of 130km, automatic single-barrel guns and six-barrel guns as well as advanced radar systems.
PM Dung praised the company for finishing the two boats and affirmed Viet Nam's ability to master advanced military shipbuilding technology.
He stressed that Viet Nam considered developing the defense industry and military combat capacity a top priority in the context of maintaining regional peace and stability.
The four other Molniya boats are scheduled for delivery by the second quarter of 2016. — VNS