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President opens modern heart centre

Update: August, 24/2015 - 09:24

President Truong Tan Sang visits a baby at an updated technical centre at the HCM City Heart Institute yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu

HCM City (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang yesterday opened an updated technical centre at the HCM City Heart Institute.

The project to restore and upgrade the centre cost more than VND102 billion (US$4.48 million), of which VND90 billion (about $4.28 million) came from the City's budget and VND12 billion ($560.000) from the institute's development investment fund.

After two years of construction, the 18,200-sq.m centre will improve the public's access to high-quality health services and reduce overload at cardiology facilities in southern localities.

Vice-chairman of the City's People's Committee, Hua Ngoc Thuan, said the centre, which included four operating theatres and a recovery room and many beds for post-surgery care had the most modern technology for heart treatment.

He said it would help reduce overloading at other heart surgery hospitals in the city.

Dr Do Quang Huan, director of the HCM City Heart Institute said in 23 years of operation, the institute had provided treatment and care to 2.6 million patients, including 25,000 who received surgery.

He said the institute also provided training in heart surgery to 15 hospitals across the country.

Established in 1991, the HCM City Heart Institute leads the southern region in treating cardiology-related diseases. — VNS

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