|President Truong Tan Sang meets outstanding physicians and health officials to mark the 60th anniversary of Viet Nam Doctors' Day in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS)— President Truong Tan Sang hosted a reception for outstanding physicians and health officials to mark the 60th anniversary of Viet Nam Doctors' Day in Ha Noi yesterday.
The State leader congratulated the officials and extolled the significant achievements of the heath sector over the past six decades, including fulfilling many of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
The remarkable achievement was attributed to tireless efforts of health workers, including those who had sacrificed their lives to guard national interests and those who had devoted their careers to working in remote areas, he said.
Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien reported that in the Doi Moi (reform) process, the health industry had used modern technology to improve the health index of Viet Nam, letting it stand above countries with similar incomes and development stages.
She said the average life expectancy in Viet Nam was double that of 1945, and dangerous diseases had largely been brought under control. The sector had also worked to meet more than 50 per cent of medicinal demand and was taking the initial steps towards producing medicines for export.
The minister added that the technical skills of Vietnamese doctors were on par with those in the region and around the world, especially in kidney, liver, heart and stem-cell transplants, and heart surgeries.
President Sang said the health industry would continue to reap impressive results in the future.
In an interview before Tet with VietnamPlus online newspaper, Health Minister Tien said that reducing overloading at hospitals continued to be a hot issue in 2015, but acknowledged that this process would take time considering the population pressure in major urban areas such as HCM City.
But Tien said Viet Nam would do everything to ensure that by 2020, no hospitalised patients would have to share beds. — VNS