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Doctors from Singapore set to help nation's injured athletes

Update: February, 26/2008 - 00:00

Doctors from Singapore set to help nation’s injured athletes

(27-02-2008)

HA NOI — Injured athletes will soon be on the road to recovery thanks to a memorandum of understanding signed by the Viet Nam Sports Hospital and Singapore’s Parkway Group Healthcare on Monday.

Injuries to athletes have foreshortened many a promising career – never more so than in Viet Nam, which has until recently lacked the necessary facilities to treat athletes who have often been forced to seek medical attention abroad.

Director of the Viet Nam Sports Hospital, Dr Le Quy Phuong, said there are about 40 doctors in Viet Nam who are specialists in treating sports injuries. But he said they are too few to treat the hundreds of athletes needing attention. And that he said did not take into account the needs of amateur athletes.

"Many clubs have access to doctors but most of them are not specialists in sports injuries. Only about 30 per cent of these doctors have been trained in sports health care," said Phuong.

At Monday’s conference, a representative from Parkway said the group’s best doctors would be sent to Viet Nam.

The move would also mean that injured athletes would not have to undergo the expense of seeking treatment in Singapore, the representative said.

Richard Tan, Parkway’s marketing director, said medical fees would be reasonable, saving Vietnamese patients hundreds of millions of dong each year.

Phuong said that inviting foreign doctors to Viet Nam was a cost-effective way of improving the skills of local medical staff.

He added that the Government had earmarked around VND20 billion (US$1,25 million) to upgrade facilities and equipment at the hospital this year.

At the conference on Monday, Dr Tan Jee Lin, Parkway Group’s consultant spoke about the latest medical techniques being employed to treat athletes.

Tan has experience of treating Vietnamese footballers Phan Van Tai Em, Nguyen Huu Thang and martial artists Nguyen Van Hung and Nguyen Thi Huyen Dieu.

Tan is one of the foremost orthopaedic surgeons in Southeast Asia specialising in sports injuries.

The Parkway Group is the largest privately funded healthcare organisation in Asia. It was established 35 years ago and has more than 1,400 doctors. — VNS

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