|Thu Duc Hospital . — File Photo
HCM CITY (VNS) — A new building for general healthcare services opened yesterday at Thu Duc Hospital after one and a half years of construction.
The seven-storey building, with a total area of 5,813 sq.m, will provide 180 beds for inpatients and serve 3,500 patients a day.
Thu Duc District has seen an increase in population due to migrants who work at its three industrial parks and export processing zones.
Moreover, the increase of students at 20 universities in the district has created additional pressure on the hospital.
Putting the building into use would help solve the overload at city-level hospitals as well, authorities said.
The HCM City government provided capital of VND76 billion (US$3.6 million) for the construction.
Dr Nguyen Tan Binh, head of the city Department of Health, told Tin Tuc (News) newspaper that many other district hospitals, including ones in districts 2, Tan Phu and Can Gio, were investing in upgrading and constructing more buildings to better serve residents.
They have also invested in facilities and medical equipment, and placed a higher priority on improving the professional skills of their doctors and nurses.
Tang Chi Thuong, the department's deputy head, added that one of the city's outstanding achievements was the improvement in the capacity of health care services for residents at grassroots levels.
Because of improved health care, district hospitals have been able to cut the number of patients they send to city hospitals by 70-90 per cent, reducing pressure on city-level hospitals. — VNS