HCMC to pilot 24 district medical centers offering family medicine services

At a meeting yesterday, Deputy Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health Tang Chi Thuong announced that the city will open medical centers in 24 districts offering family medicine services

HCMC to pilot 24 district medical centers offering family medicine services

Dr. Thuong said that 24 medical centers piloting the model are centers in crowded districts where workers reside but just having few infirmaries. These centers will provide healthcare services to laborers as well as help reduce pressure on big hospitals.

These centers will provide first aid and emergency treatment, treatment for health insurance card holders; receiving test results transferring from big hospitals, traditional medicine.
Additionally, these centers will treat special patients at homes and supply medications as prescriptions and provide basic healthcare services.

Moreover, medical workers in these centers will inject vaccine according to the National Expanded Immunization Program, keep track on diseases and locations which are vulnerable for diseases, manage patients living with tuberculosis, HIV, mental diseases and sifting non-communicable patients.
Along with opening medical centers in districts offering family medicine services, the Department encouraged grass-root hospitals to establish satellite clinics in medical centers which play a role as ‘helpers’ for districts hospitals.

By THANH AN – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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