from Singapore set to help nation’s injured athletes
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
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