| A doctor at Bình Dân Hospital provides consultation to a patient. — Photo courtesy of Bình Dân Hospital|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — Bình Dân Hospital this week began free health examinations and consultations for patients with urethral stricture, a condition caused by infections or accidents.
The free examinations and consultations will end on March 3.
Patients with the condition have difficulty urinating or have pain when urinating.
If the condition, which is more common among males than females, is not treated in a timely fashion, it could easily re-occur and become more difficult to treat later.
Each week, the hospital performs surgery on four or five patients with the condition.
If left untreated, it can cause sudden retention of urine, a dangerous condition because it could affect the function of the patient’s kidney and bladder.
The consequences of the condition can be kidney and urologic stones or male infertility.
The hospital will also provide free services every Monday from late February to March 27 for patients with overactive bladders, a condition which affects bladder-storage function, causing a sudden urge to urinate.
Patients with the condition can wake up two or more times at night to urinate.
The free health programme was organised to improve public awareness of the disorders. —VNS