Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Minister of Health Nguyễn Thị Kim Tiến has sent a document asking the Ministry of Public Security to ensure the safety of hospitals throughout the country.
The move came after a recent spate of physical attacks on patients and doctors at hospitals.
Tiến urged the public security ministry to quickly investigate the incidents and punish those who carried out the attacks.
Data from the health ministry revealed that four attacks reportedly took place in hospitals between April 8th and May 7th.
The first case occurred on April 8th in Cái Nước General Hospital in southern Cà Mau Province. A group of youngsters holding knives and scimitars attacked a patient named Nguyễn Hoàng Linh, leaving him with a head injury. The group also injured the hospital’s security guard.
The second case happened in Hà Nội’s Thạch Thất General Hospital when Cấn Ngọc Giang, father of one-year-old patient Cấn Ngọc Thanh, threw a cup at a doctor’s head on April 16th because he thought that doctors had failed to properly treat his son.
The third case was recorded in Thái Nguyên General Hospital in northern Thái Nguyên Province. A patient’s relative repeatedly hit a medical staffer, Phạm Lê Tùng, in the face on May 3rd. Tùng was struck while he was waiting for other medical staff to take a medical stretcher to carry the patient out to the emergency room. The patient’s relative asked Tùng to take the patient to the room without the stretcher, instead of waiting. Tùng said it would be better to take the patient by the stretcher, then he was hit.
The fourth case happened on early morning May 7th. A group of 20 youngsters with knives and scimitars cut off the windpipe of a patient who was taken to the Hà Nội Medical University Hospital about 20 minutes earlier. The gangsters also used their knives and scimitars to control security guards and medical staff.
Tiến asked the ministry of public security to order its unit in localities to closely work with hospitals to quickly fix the situation.
The police in localities should conduct short training courses for hospital security teams to better deal with physical attackers as well as instruct hospitals to install equipment to ensure security, she said.
Hotlines of the nearest police stations for hospitals were ordered so that the hospitals could call for immediate supports in emergency cases, she added. — VNS