|The HCM City Oncology Hospital, the main cancer centre for treatment of patients from the south, schedules medical exams at 5 am to cope with patient overload. — Photo Phương Vy|
HCM CITY — The HCM City Oncology Hospital, the main cancer centre for treatment of patients from the southern region, has asked city authorities to speed up the construction of Oncology Hospital 2 in District 9 as patient overload has worsened.
Construction of the Oncology Hospital 2 began last June and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. The number of in-patients rose by 115 per cent compared to 2015 to reach 143,648.
Last year, the hospital received more than 419,000 outpatients, an increase of 112 per cent compared to 2015, said Phạm Xuân Dũng, deputy director of the hospital.
The 1,000-bed hospital will help reduce chronic patient overload at the current Oncology Hospital in Bình Thạnh District.
The hospital has taken various measures to ease severe overcrowding such as providing examination beginning at 5am, Dũng said at a meeting held on Saturday to review the hospital’s operations.
As part of an effort to reduce patient overload, the hospital opened a satellite oncology department at District 2 Hospital and transferred technology to Cần Thơ Oncology Hospital and Khánh Hòa General Hospital.
Patients from other cities and provinces accounted for 77 per cent. — VNS