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More doctors trained to work in disadvantaged areas

Update: July, 19/2017 - 16:30
A volunteer young doctor provides a health check-up to a resident in the northern province of Lào Cai. — VNA/VNS Photo Dương Ngọc
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — An intensive training class opened on Tuesday at the Hà Nội Medical University for doctors who will be sent to disadvantaged areas to work under a pilot project of the Ministry of Health.

Twenty-four doctors, who have been recruited for the project to send young doctors to disadvantaged areas, including mountainous, border areas and islands, will be trained in eight different specialities, including surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, paediatrics and anaesthetisation.

The project, approved by the Ministry of Health in 2013, prioritises 62 poor districts where healthcare services need to be improved at the grassroots level.

They will work in impoverished areas that they had volunteerily registered to after completing a 24-month training course, deputy head of the ministry’s Training Department Nguyễn Minh Lợi said.

Male doctors will work in district hospitals in deprived localities for three years and female doctors for two years. They will have favourable conditions in terms of salary, allowances and working conditions.

The training programme was compiled by the Hà Nội Medical University and was appraised by the health ministry.

This is the fifth training course being organised under the project, so far. The first four courses trained 78 doctors for the programme.

The first seven volunteer doctors were sent to work in poor districts in the northern mountainous provinces of Lào Cai, Bắc Kạn and Điện Biên last month.

According to the ministry, these 62 poor districts need some 600 doctors. Some district hospitals in Bình Định, Quảng Ngãi and Thanh Hóa have only four or five doctors, and some don’t even have one. — VNS

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