|The HCM City Paediatrics Hospital in the outlying district of Bình Chánh gets a new building for inpatient examination and treatment on August 1. — Photo http://www.medinet.hochiminhcity.gov.vn |Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — The recently opened HCM City Paediatrics Hospital in the outlying district of Bình Chánh will begin inpatient examination and treatment when it inaugurates its new building on August 1, according to the city’s Department of Health.
The modern, 1,000-bed is expected to reduce the overcrowding that plagues both Paediatrics Hospital 1 and 2 because of the increasing incidence of dengue fever since May, Nguyễn Trọng Khoa, deputy head of the Medical Examination and Treatment Department, said during a visit to the city to monitor the situation earlier this month.
This year the city has recorded 10,652 cases of dengue, a 21 per cent increase over the same period last year, according to the city Preventive Health Centre.
A Department of Health official said 50 beds in the Department of Contagious Diseases in the new building would be earmarked for dengue patients, including those transferred from provincial hospitals.
The department has instructed both the other paediatrics hospitals to send their doctors to the new hospital -- which opened six months ago -- to help treat inpatients.
Six months ago the HCM City Paediatrics Hospital began treating outpatients.
It gets more than 1,000 patients every day, leading to a decrease of nearly 4,000 patients at the Paediatrics Hospital 1 in the first six months.
The construction of the hospital cost VNĐ4.5 trillion (US$197 million). —VNS