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Hospitals see more patients, surgeries during long holiday

Update: May, 05/2015 - 08:00
A collision between a Camry and a sleeper bus in Da Nang's Hoa Son Commune on April 29 killed five people and left two others seriously injured. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Emergency surgeries in central hospitals increased during the six-day Reunification Day and Labour Day holiday due to traffic accidents and fights.

Nguyen Duc Chinh, deputy head of the planning department under the Ha Noi-based Viet Nam-Germany Hospital, said a great number of patients visited his hospital over the holiday. On average it saw 140 to 200 people per day. Last Wednesday, 61 out of 146 people who went to the hospital did so for injuries related to traffic accidents. As many as 37 of them suffered from concussions.

Chinh said that on a normal day the hospital performed around 30 surgeries, but the number increased sharply during the holiday. The hospital had 44 surgeries last Thursday and 49 on Friday.

Some were hospitalised after participating in fights fueled by alcohol. The Viet Nam-Germany Hospital received seven such patients last Wednesday and 10 on Thursday.

Duong Duc Hung, head of Bach Mai Hospital's planning department, said that on average over the holiday the hospital received 100 to 130 people. They went to the hospital for heart disease, high blood pressure, alcohol poisoning and digestive diseases.

During the holiday more than 70,000 people in HCM City went to hospital for health checks and surgeries, and more than 40 died, according to the city's Department of Health. Nearly 1,500 were hospitalised for traffic accidents and more than 300 for scuffles.

Yesterday, the first working day after the holiday, most main roads in HCM City were jammed, including Truong Chinh-Cong Hoa and other roads in Tan Phu, Tan Binh and Go Vap districts, according to Dan tri e-newspaper.

Roads weren't as overloaded in Ha Noi, but terminals were crowded as people returned to the capital from vacation.

Nguyen Hai Anh, 23, from the northern province of Phu Tho, said he couldn't take a coach on Sunday because they were all already booked. He had to wait until yesterday to come back to the University of Technology in Ha Noi. — VNS

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