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VN celebrates health sector on Doctors' Day

Update: February, 27/2015 - 09:09
A doctor at the Bach Mai's Pediatric Deparment is examining a child on emergency care. Today is a day to acknowledge the nation's doctors and an occasion to measure the health sector's progress over the past 60 years. — VNA Photo Duong Ngoc

HA NOI (VNS) — Doctors' Day, today, February 27, is a day to acknowledge the nation's doctors and an occasion to measure the progress the health sector has achieved over the past 60 years.

Fulfilling the United Nations Millennial Goals on health care; expanding the network of medical stations equipped with state-of-the-art technologies; developing a contingent of qualified staff in line with regional and international standards; and improving access to health services are among its most recognized achievements.

Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said to Politburo member Dinh The Huynh, who was at the Ministry of Health in Ha Noi on Wednesday to celebrate the sector's 60th anniversary of Viet Nam Doctors' Day.

Huynh asked the health ministry to work with the Party Central Committee's Commission for Popularisation and Education, which is headed by him, to write reports reviewing the 10-year implementation of Party Central Committee resolutions on public health care.

Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam recognised the Doctors' Day by visiting health workers in Vinh Phuc Province.

He told people at the Herbalist Society in the province's Tam Dao District to be innovative in using herbal remedies passed down generation to generation.

He stressed that herbalists societies in Tam Dao and the greater Vinh Phuc Province, an area featuring an abundance of precious medicinal herbs, are well positioned to make good use of these resources.

He also made stops at the Thai Hoa Commune clinic and the healthcare centre of Lap Thach District, urging local health staff to keep up their good work in preventive health services, especially vaccinations and educational campaigns about homegrown ways to promote health.

Dam called upon the Health Ministry and provincial authorities to use investment resources to equip health institutions at local levels with modern equipment and to improve health workers' skills.

Ahead of the health sector's big day, President of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan visited Military Central Hospital 108, Viet Duc Hospital, Health Ministry and the Military Medical Department in Ha Noi to congratulate them on Wednesday.

At Hospital 108, he greeted over 600 senior officers and health experts, expressing his hope that they will continue living up to their reputation as the most trust-worthy military hospital in the country.

At Viet Duc Hospital, Nhan hailed the last decades' achievements as outstanding, including raising the capacity of the hospital from 430 beds to 1,450.

Director General of the Military Medical department, Major General Vu Quoc Binh, informed Nhan that the sector had helped upgrade 1,098 medical clinics in communes over the last decade.

Each year, local army medical clinics offer health check-ups to over 2.6 million individuals and treat more than 969,000 patients. Military hospitals examine 8.6 million people and treat 1.5 million yearly, he said.

Nationwide celebrations

Ninh Thuan Province honoured Doctors' Day yesterday by granting the Medal of Memory "For People's Health" to 17 distinguished health workers.

The province of Thanh Hoa began the health sector's 60th anniversary by welcoming the Order of Independence, First Class granted by the State in recognition of the provincial health sector's recent achievements. Between 2005 and 2014, the province's health sector increased its staff by 54 per cent and its facilities expanded to a total if 38 public and 680 private hospitals.

Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province will mark the day by launching a new hospital – Ba Ria Hospital – with 700 beds and new state-of-the-art technology.

After five years of construction, the VN2 trillion (US$94 million) hospital aims to conduct health checks for 1,600 to 1,800 outpatients and treat 500 to 600 inpatients daily. — VNS

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