fund tropical disease, oncology wings at hospital
DA NANG — Contruction on
a new, state-of-the-art building to house Da Nang’s Hospital’s departments
of oncology and tropical diseases began on Thursday.
Funded by the
Bermuda-headquartered NGO Atlantic Philanthropies (AP) and implemented by the
East Meets West (EMW) Foundation, the US$3.5 million project is
a humanitarian gift to the people of Da Nang and surrounding areas.
The new building will also
include laboratory facilities, which will enhance the central region’s
capacity to respond to an epidemic.
The tropical medicine
department will care for patients infected by avian influenza (H5N1) and other
diseases such as SARS, viral hepatitis and AIDS, while the oncology department
will provide approximately 60-80 beds to support chemotherapy services and rooms
for radiotherapy equipment.
Da Nang is the fourth
largest city in the country, and the Vietnamese Government has placed great
responsibility on the hospital in terms of health, medical, and other social
services, leadership for the 20 million people living in the surrounding areas.
In addition to tropical
medicine, preventive health care and cancer treatment are two other missions of
Da Nang Hospital, said Tran Ngoc Thanh, the director of Da Nang Hospital.
Since 1998, the
partnership between AP and EMW has provided health and higher education
infrastructure to several cities and provinces, including Da Nang, Hue and Quang
In recent years, Da Nang
University has received two modern libraries, a 12-story English Language
Institute, a sports complex serving over 500 students daily, and a staff
The Da Nang Hospital
emergency ward and examination building and eye hospital were also completed in
2005-06. — VNS