|The HCM City Children’s Hospital and Từ Dũ and Hùng Vương maternity hospitals have signed an agreement to work together to provide better care for pregnant women and newborns. — Photo sggp.vn|
HCM CITY — The Bình Chánh District’s HCM City Children’s Hospital has signed an agreement with Từ Dũ and Hùng Vương maternity hospitals to set up an obstetrics department, its director, Trương Quang Định, said.
The three will also work more closely together for prenatal diagnosis and consultancy and standardising the emergency treatment protocol, especially for newborns requiring immediate medical attention.
Dr Hồ Tấn Thanh Bình, head of the neonatal intensive care unit at the City Children’s Hospital, said the infant mortality rate in Việt Nam, although decreasing, is still relatively high.
“The City Children’s Hospital is working with two of the biggest maternity hospitals in HCM City to provide diagnosis before birth and appropriate treatment to improve the lives of patients and infants.”
Hoàng Thị Diễm Tuyết, director of Hùng Vương hospital, said co-operation to provide better obstetric and paediatrics care would tremendously decrease the infant mortality rate and improve newborns’ health.
Bình said since its opening on June 1 his hospital has received many newborns requiring immediate medical attention from Từ Dũ and Hùng Vương hospitals, where they had been diagnosed before birth.
Lê Quang Thanh, director of Từ Dũ hospital, said his hospital has been working closely with Children’s Hospitals 1 and 2, but the two places are always overcrowded.
The recent opening of the City Children’s Hospital has alleviated this problem, he said.
Định said City Children’s Hospital aims to set up an obstetrics department so that pregnant women whose unborn children are diagnosed with a condition can deliver there and the newborn can be immediately treated. — VNS