HA NOI — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has urged the health sector to continuously perfect the country's healthcare system, particularly preventative medicine and all practices at the district and grassroots level.
|Medical workers give health checks to residents in Lai Chau northern mountainous province. The health sector is expected to perfect the country's healthcare system, especially at the grassroots level. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Cong Hai
Dung's emphasis was made at a meeting held in Ha Noi yesterday in honour of the upcoming Vietnamese Physicians' Day (February 27).
"Health examination and treatment systems should be continuously reformed to ensure equity and effectiveness for people," said Dung.
Specifically, the sector should restructure the operational and financial mechanism at State-owned medical units while bringing health insurance to all people, he added.
Dung also asked the sector to adopt "drastic and comprehensive" measures to abate the hospital overload so that patients do not have to share ward beds.
The Ministry of Health, relevant ministries and the people's committees of Ha Noi and HCM City were requested to submit a scheme to the Government to reduce hospital overload.
"Priorities should be given to Central-level general hospitals, speciality hospitals for paediatrics, obstetrics, cancer and the heart in Ha Noi and HCM City," said Dung.
The health sector was also asked to improve its human resource training; actively carry out effective measures for disease and pandemic prevention and elimination; and mobilise more financial resources to involve people in health care activities.
At the event, health minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said that the sector has faced many challenges in combating the return of infectious diseases, emerging diseases, hospital overload at central hospitals, and a shortage of qualified human resource, especially in mountainous and remote areas.
Health sector statistics reveal success in meeting National Assembly targets of 2011 on the number of hospital beds per 10,000 people (21.1); the under-5 malnutrition rate (16.8 per cent); the birth rate (0.2 per thousand) and rate of solid medical waste treatment (over 82 per cent).
Outbreaks of many dangerous diseases like avian flu H5N1, dengue fever, hand-foot-mouth were controlled and eliminated last year. More than 90 per cent of children under one and 80 per cent of pregnant women were vaccinated under the National Expanded Immunisation Programme.
The HIV/AIDS transmission rate in the community was reduced to under 0.3 per cent of population.
More than 80 per cent of commune medical clinics met national medical standards regulated by the Ministry of Health. Doctors worked in 72 per cent of communes and more than 95 per cent of communes have a midwife or physician.
Last year, the health examination and treatment systems received more than 28.3 million patient visits, including over 17.7 million inpatients nation-wide.
State President Truong Tan Sang awarded the title of People's Physicians to 72 outstanding professors and doctors on this day. — VNS