|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attends the launching ceremony. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
HA NAM (VNS) — The construction of two hospitals worth VND10 trillion (US$470 million) began on Saturday in Phu Ly city in northern Ha Nam Province.
The new medical centres, branches of Viet Nam-Germany Friendship and Bach Mai hospitals in Ha Noi, are part of a project aiming to ease the burdens put on major hospitals in Ha Noi and HCM City.
Besides these two hospitals, the project, approved in January 2014, also funds construction of three other hospitals in HCM City by 2016: Children's Hospital 1, a new branch of the Tumor and Cancer Hospital, and the Trauma and Orthopedics Institute within Military Hospital 175. The total cost of the five hospitals is estimated at VND20 trillion ($940 million).
The new Viet Nam-Germany Friendship Hospital site, a 1,000-bed surgical centre covering 21 hectares, cost nearly VND 5 trillion ($235 million).
Meanwhile, the new Bach Mai Hospital branch will be a general hospital with 1,000 beds. It will provide treatment for cancer, and serious cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.
The two hospitals are scheduled to open in December 2017.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, who approved the project, said the new hospitals would ease the current overload at Viet Nam-Germany Friendship and Bach Mai hospitals.
He said the two leading hospitals would provide treatment for patients who live in Ha Noi and other provinces in the region, as well as for those whose conditions are beyond the capacity of hospitals in other areas.
He also said they would help boost the province's economy by promoting development in other sectors, such as transport, finance and banking.
Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said this was the first time Viet Nam had embarked on a mission to build five new major hospitals. The ministry expects the project will add another 4,500 beds.
Tien said the rate of hospital beds per 10,000 residents in Viet Nam is 25, which is quite low compared with regional countries and often two or three patients have to share a bed, deteriorating the quality of treatment. — VNS