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President awards Independence Medal to Bach Mai Hospital

Update: February, 19/2016 - 16:00
President Truong Tan Sang awarded the Independence Medal-Third Class for the second time to Bach Mai General Hospital for its contribution to people's healthcare and protection today in Ha Noi. — VNS Photo The Anh

HA NOI (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang awarded the Independence Medal-Third Class for the second time to Bach Mai General Hospital for its contribution to people's healthcare and protection today in Ha Noi.

Speaking at a ceremony to mark the hospital's 105th anniversary, President Sang praised the hospital's achievements and great contributions to the country's development over the past century.

"Protecting people's health, ensuring human resources for the cause of

building and protecting the fatherland, improving the Vietnamese people's height and longevity would be top priorities of the party and the government," Sang said.

"Bach Mai Hospital and the health sector should continue to expand the healthcare system and improve the quality of human resources, examination and treatment and the preventive medicine system from the central to local levels to prevent the occurrence of epidemics," Sang said.

He said Bach Mai Hospital should continue to speed up research and application of advanced medical technologies, and improve doctors' skills to keep pace with doctors in the region and across the world.

Sang also presented the Labour Hero title to Hospital Director Prof Nguyen Quoc Anh and former Director of the Viet Nam Heart Institute Prof Nguyen Lan Viet.

Established in 1911, Bach Mai is the country's largest hospital with 2,400 beds, and provides examination and treatment to about 1.4 million out-patients and 12,800 in-patients each year.

More than 500 new medical techniques have been applied in the examination and treatment processes at the hospital over the last five years. The hospital has performed 62 kidney, 11 bone marrow and 31 stem-cell transplants since the first kidney transplant performed in 2005, the hospital said. — VNS

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