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Funds sought for satellite hospitals

Update: May, 09/2013 - 10:32

Tu Du hospital in Ho Chi Minh city.— VNS File Photo

HCM CITY (VNS)— The Ministry of Health is seeking Official Development Assistance (ODA) and other legal capital to develop 45 satellite hospitals, with the aim of relieving overcrowded conditions in 14 major hospitals across the country.

The ministry plans to open the satellite hospitals from now to 2015, according to a report in the Dau Tu (Viet Nam Investment Review) newspaper.

Nine of the 14 major hospitals belong to the Ministry of Health, and another five are under the supervision of HCM City's Department of Health.

A large amount of capital is needed to upgrade infrastructure, buy equipment and train staff, according to the ministry. The amount of investment is expected to increase during the 2016-20 period.

Tran Binh Giang, deputy director of Ha Noi-based Viet Duc Hospital, told Dau Tu that each satellite hospital needed at least three large operating rooms.

In addition to upgrading infrastructure, satellite hospitals need to make better use of information technology.

A strong IT system would help satellite hospitals exchange information, offer training and hold consultations with major hospitals, he said.

Some of the hospitals slated for satellite expansion have already drawn up budgets for the work.

The HCM City Oncology Hospital said it needed about VND300 billion (over US$14million) to develop satellite hospitals from now to 2020.

The Gia Dinh People's Hospital and Lam Dong Hospital need a total of VND23.7 billion ($1.1 million) to set up satellite hospitals in the next three years. —VNS

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