|The Can Tho Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases Hospital today officially began operations, being the first and most modern one of its kind in the Mekong River Delta. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc
CAN THO (VNS) — The Can Tho Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases Hospital today officially began operations, being the first and most modern one of its kind in the Mekong River Delta.
Located in Can Tho city, the hospital was constructed in September 2010 in an area of 5,600sq.m with a total investment of VND215.3 billion (about US$9.6 million).
It consists of one basement and seven floors, with 200 beds, meeting the demand of examining and treating tuberculosis and lung diseases for people in the city and other provinces in the region.
The new hospital replaces the old 50-bed one that was built more than 100 years ago and downgraded, contributing to a better health system in the city, Bui Thi Le Phi, director of Can Tho Health Department, said.
Although Viet Nam has made large strides in controlling, discovering and treating tuberculosis, it still ranks 12th out of 22 countries with the highest rate of tuberculosis, and ranks 14th of 27 nations which have the highest rate of Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in the world. — VNS