|A doctor and nurse examine a patient at a HCM City hospital. The city is continuing to send doctors from specialised hospitals to district hospitals to improve the quality of treatment in rural areas. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Vy
HCM CITY (VNS) — The HCM City Department of Health on Thursday launched the second phase of a programme that sends doctors from speciality hospitals and those working for it to hospitals in districts to improve the quality of treatment at these places.
Fourteen doctors were sent to hospitals in Districts 5, 8, 12, Go Vap, and Cu Chi and health centres in Districts 10 and Nha Be for a period of at least a year.
The first phase was carried out in December 2013 with 37 doctors going to hospitals in Districts 6, 9, Can Gio, Nha Be, Cu Chi, and Binh Chanh.
All are intensive care, paediatrics, obstetrics, ENT, or throat specialists.
In the six months since they have treated 37,000 patients, performed 104 surgeries, and trained 130 doctors at the district hospitals.
With the improvement in the quality of these hospitals, they have reduced the number of patients they transfer to specialty hospitals.
Doctors at Can Gio Hospital, for instance, now perform obstetrics surgeries and sent less than 10 per cent of patients in the last six months.
With the assistance of doctors from the Paediatrics Hospital No.2, doctors at Can Gio Hospital examine 100 children a day.
But ironically the hospitals that sent them now face a shortage of doctors. — VNS