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Da Nang lacks doctors at district, commune levels

Update: December, 14/2015 - 18:00
A doctor examines a patient in Ngu Hanh Son Hospital in Da Nang City. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Central Da Nang City is still facing a shortage of doctors at the district, commune and ward levels despite policies issued by the city authority to attract medical personnel.

It is estimated that the city has 56 health centres but only 25 doctors.

Doctors were offered double the salary typically paid by the State budget along with other allowances if they worked in communal or ward health centres, Ngo Thi Kim Yen, director of the city's Health Department, said.

However, the policy still failed to garner interest, Yen said.

The lack of an adequate working environment and opportunities for doctors to improve their professional skills were blamed for the failure.

Le Ngoc Quy, a surgeon at Da Nang City's hospital, who was transferred to Hoa Vang District's Health Centre to provide support in September, said he cared a great deal about the working environment.

"When I work in a city hospital, I can learn a lot from the senior doctors who have plenty of experience in treating serious diseases," he said.

Quy added he was offered chances to study further to improve his professional skills while working at the city hospital.

But upon being sent to work at the health centre, he typically only gets to treat common ailments, such as the flu and headaches, he said.

"And there was no senior doctor there to teach me either," he said.

Nguyen Van Sy, deputy director of the health centre, said it currently needed 12 doctors working at the district, commune and ward levels. Doctors specialised in eye treatments, anaesthesia and resuscitation were urgently required.

For the short term, the centre has had to request support from city-level hospitals to alternatively send doctors to help at the centre, providing examinations and treatment for the locals.

Yen, a director from the health department, said it intended to submit a plan to the city administration to rotate doctors working in city-level hospitals to health centres at the commune and ward levels. — VNS

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