HCM CITY (VNS) — The HCM City Department of Health will this year spend on improving facilities and training of health workers in district hospitals, especially clinics in wards and communes, to ease the load on city- and central-level hospitals.
At a ceremony held to honour outstanding health workers on Thursday (February 12), Nguyen Tan Binh, the department's head, said many existing programmes like opening satellite clinics, family doctors, and dispatching doctors from city-level hospitals to districts for training and working would continue this year.
These programmes have helped district hospitals earn the trust of people, he said quoting a department report, with the number of outpatients increasing by 36 per cent last year compared to 6 per cent in 2013.
The Binh Tan District Hospital saw the highest increase. They also saw the number of inpatients increase by 201 per cent compared to just 5 per cent in 2013.
The number of patients transferred to city- and central-level hospitals by the district hospitals reduced. It fell by 57.3 per cent for the District 2 Hospital, 80.8 per cent for the Tan Phu District Hospital and 43.6 per cent for the Binh Chanh District Hospital.
More hospitals were built in the city like the HCM City Paediatrics Hospital, increasing the number of beds per 10,000 population to 42.
The department tied up with Pham Ngoc Thach Medical University to train health personnel for the medical sector.
By last year the city's ratio of doctors per 10,000 population had increased to 14.5 from 13 in 2011.
The department has set up a council to oversee examination and treatment quality and supervise hospitals to provide safer and better quality healthcare to patients.
At the function, 26 outstanding hospitals and clinics and 87 doctors and nurses were honoured. — VNS