|Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam hands over the Third Class Independence Medal to the Viet Nam National Heart Institute director Do Doan Lơi at a ceremony in Ha Noi today. -- Photo Doan The Anh
HA NOI (VNS) — The Viet Nam National Heart Institute today received the Third Class Independence Medal for helping to promote people's health care during ceremonies marking the institute's 25th anniversary.
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam called on the cardiological sector to improve disease prevention programmes for the community while praising the institute's contribution to disease prevention and treatment, as well as the training of human resources in health service.
"Heart diseases can be prevented by following a healthy diet and proper exercise and can be treated by applying scientific and technological advances," said Dam.
The deputy prime minister added that the health sector should expand the country's health care system, strengthen human resources and develop sources of traditional medicine in efforts to meet the country's demand for heart disease prevention and treatment.
"The application of advanced and low-cost medical techniques, such as transcatheter aortic valve implantation or percutaneous coronary intervention, have saved thousands of patients suffering from fatal heart diseases in the northern region of Viet Nam," said institute director Do Doan Loi.
Loi added that doctors of the Viet Nam National Heart Institute provided timely heart interventions for more than 8,500 patients in 2014 or triple the number of heart patients in 2004, at 2,729.
As the top hospital in the north, the institute received nearly 78,000 patient visits last year, including 16,500 in-patients, compared with 17,700 visits and 6,300 in-patients in 2004, according to Loi. — VNS