HCMC earmarks $126 million for healthcare

Due to lack of beds, two children must stay in one bed at the HCMC Pediatric Hospital II( Photo: SGGP)

Ho Chi Minh City will spend over VND2.2 trillion (US$126 million) on healthcare this year, the director of its Department of Health, Dr. Nguyen Van Chau, has said.

The money will be used to ease work at overloaded central hospitals and build hospitals on the borders with neighboring provinces to reduce pressure on major city hospitals.

The proposed new facilities include a 1,000-bed pediatric hospital in Binh Chanh District and a general hospital in the suburban Cu Chi District each at an initial cost of VND500 billion.

The Thu Duc Hospital and the general hospital in Thu Duc District will be upgraded.

By Ng. Truoc - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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