|Medical staff on Phan Vinh island of Trường Sa (Spratly) archipelago perform emergency care for fishermen. — VNA/VNS File Photo|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — Another medical centre will be built on Phan Vinh island (Pearson Reefs) in the island district of Trường Sa (Spratly), the central province of Khánh Hòa.
The information was given by Director of the Military Hospital 175 Major General Nguyễn Hồng Sơn on Thursday.
The current health facility, the only one in Trường Sa town at the moment, was built on May 25, 2017, at a total cost of VNĐ41 billion (US$1.82 million) thanks to donations from people nationwide.
With 12 permanent medical staff and modern equipment, the centre is capable of basic medical needs and handling emergency medical incidents.
Over the past year, the centre has conducted 3,000 health check-ups and 200 inpatient treatments, up nearly 10-fold compared to before. It also conducted 396 surgeries.
Sơn said it marked a positive signal in health care for officers and soldiers on Trường Sa archipelago and fishermen on Trường Sa fishing ground.
However, the new medical centre would require tremendous efforts in bringing equipment from inland, as well as a voluntary spirit from mainland doctors who would not mind working on remote islands with harsher living conditions.
He expressed his hope that medical centres will be built on all islands on Trường Sa archipelago to serve officers, soldiers and foreign vessels in need of medical support. — VNS