HCM CITY — HCM City needed further support from Belgium to help expand its healthcare system, Hua Ngoc Thuan, deputy chairman of the City People's Committee, told visiting Belgian delegation headed by Crown Prince Philippe at a meeting yesterday.
Thuan said Belgium had helped HCM City improve the quality of its healthcare and the professional skills of medical personnel. "Several joint projects have been doing well, especially those involving transfer of medical knowledge."
Expanding international co-operation was urgent and vital because the city was the healthcare hub of the southern region, he said.
To offer the best healthcare services for residents, the city was constantly upgrading and expanding the system, but remained unable to meet the relentlessly increasing needs, he said.
Nguyen Tan Binh, deputy head of the Department of Health, said since 2000 his department had received almost 1,600 foreign delegations seeking healthcare co-operation with the city.
He sought Belgian co-operation in human resource training, building hospitals, and treating medical wastes.
He specifically sought investment in eight major hospitals that are under construction in the city and training for its personnel.
In the Global Competitiveness Report, Belgium ranks among the top nations in both healthcare and education. — VNS