|Delegates cut the ribbon to open a new 500-bed childhood cancer and heart centre at the Bach Mai hospital today in Ha Noi.— Photo laodong.com.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Bach Mai General Hospital opened a new 500-bed childhood cancer and heart centre at a ceremony today in Ha Noi.
"The centre will dramatically help to ease the situation of patient overload at Bach Mai Hospital, especially in the emergency, cancer, kidney and respiratory, besides examination departments," Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said at the opening ceremony.
Minister Tien said a number of new facilities, such as the dermatology, venereology and tropical diseases hospitals or the Thai Nguyen and Viet Nam-Cu Ba friendship hospitals, would be inaugurated in the near future to meet the country's increasing demand for examination and treatment.
The 21-storey new cancer and heart centre, with a total floor area of 45,000sq.m, has been built with a total investment of more than VND1,300 billion (US$578 million).
It is equipped with advanced medical facilities required for diagnosing and treating cancer and heart diseases in children.
The health sector conducts heart surgery in 5,000 to 7,000 children yearly in Viet Nam, one-third of them having congenital heart diseases. About 20,000 children wait for heart surgery yearly. Many of them die while waiting or for lack funds for the operation, according to the health ministry.
Hospital Director Nguyen Quoc Anh said childhood cancer and heart diseases were among the health issues that raised the maximum concern in the world and in Viet Nam due to the high fatality rate and after-effects.
Anh said, "So the new advanced centre will help to save more children with cancer and heart diseases in Viet Nam."
Established in 1911, Bach Mai Hospital is the largest medical facility in Viet Nam that handles examination and treatment of about 1.4 million patient visits each year.—VNS