PM celebrates contribution of healthcare sector

Update: February, 27/2019 - 09:00
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (fourth from left) congratulates medical staff of the Hà Nội-based Bạch Mai General Hospital on the occasion of Vietnamese Doctors’ Day (February 27). - VNA/VNS Photo Hoàng Thống Nhất
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc on Tuesday applauded the silent contributions of doctors and health workers from central to grassroots levels to public healthcare on the occasion of Vietnamese Doctors’ Day (February 27). 

While visiting Hà Nội-based Bạch Mai General Hospital, the leader extended his greetings to medical staff of the hospital and the health sector in general. 

He praised the development of the medical sector in all spheres over the past 64 years since the day was designated, with the number of doctors and nurses increasing from only 300 in 1954 to 460,000 at present, and 14,000 health facilities nationwide. 

The PM also lauded Bạch Mai Hospital’s growth as well as its contributions to the national medical sector during its nearly-110-year history. 

He urged the hospital to take the lead in reforming administrative procedures, applying modern technologies and improving medical services, aiming to become a leading hospital in the region in the near future. 

The leader asked the hospital and the entire medical sector to make the best use of investment resources, suggesting Bạch Mai Hospital focus on developing spearhead services, meeting diverse health demands of the public and reducing the cases of overseas medical treatment of Vietnamese. 

Besides, it was necessary to promptly put into operation branches of the Bạch Mai Hospital and the Việt Nam-Germany Hospital in order to ease hospital overload, Phúc said. 

Since its inception in 1911, Bạch Mai has become the largest hospital in the north, with more than 3,000 beds and 3,000-strong staff. It serves some 160,000 inpatients and nearly 2 million outpatients each year. — VNS