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HCM CITY — Overcrowding
and poor facilities have left the health care sector unable to meet health
service demands in HCM City, according to the Health Care Department (HCD).
Many hospitals –
especially specialised facilities – face chronic overcrowding as they provide
service for local patients as well as those from other provinces, who make up
some 35 per cent, officials from the department said.
Nguyen The Dung, HCD
director said that people from other provinces preferred city hospitals based on
confidence in skilled doctors and modern facilities, causing the overcrowding.
Dung also said that many
hospitals in the city have been deteriorating as they were constructed long ago,
and also have financial difficulties in updating medical equipment.
Tu Du Obstetrics Hospital,
and Paediatrics Hospitals II and I were all built a century ago, and are badly
in need of upgrades to meet the growing patient demand, Dung said.
Looking to solve some of
the problems, city authorities pumped VND946 billion (US$59.5 million) into
repairs and upgrades, but the projects now lag behind schedule.
Dung explained that
complicated administrative procedures for bidding and assessing the projects
have held things up.
managers who are mostly hospital directors lack experience in management and
supervision of these kinds of projects."
The HCD said it would open
training courses to help hospital directors improve management skills in April
of this year.
Furthermore, the City’s
Health Department has mapped out a plan to reduce overcrowding in local
hospitals for the 2006-10 period.
The department targets
raising per bed numbers from 3 to 4 beds per 1,000 patients by 2010 by funding
repairs and upgrades for the Cu Chi Hospital, Tumour Treatment Hospital and
Cu Chi and the Tumour
Treatment Hospital are to be increased by 1,000 beds each and the Psychiatric
Hospital by 500 beds.
Pham Ngoc Thach Hospital
has also reported it plans to build an HIV treatment center and a cosmetic
analysing center this year.
The new Paediatrics
Hospital I and Tam Duc Heart Hospital will opensoon to take some of the patients
on from the HCM City Heart Hospital.
Aside from improving
facilities, Dung said one of the best ways to help the city effectively solve
overcrowding at specialised hospitals is to increase the functionality and
prestige of general hospitals and medical centres in the provinces.
"To do this, the city
health care sector needs to help these medical institutions enhance the
qualification of their staffs and modernise their medical equipment."
He also said that the
health care sector should develop outpatient treatment services and the day care
department, which would contribute to reducing overcrowding in specialised
"The sector authority
should issue preferential policies to encourage various local economic sectors
to work with the Government to intensify investment in the development and
modernisation of the local medical network," Dung added. — VNS