At the ceremony to give the Third Class Independence Medal to the Viet Nam National Heart Institute yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam stressed that the number of people dying of heart disease account for one over third of the country’s total deaths and sixfold that of cancer deaths.
Mr. Dam called on the cardiology sector to improve disease prevention programs for the community and related agencies to speed up anti-heart disease programs, aiming to decrease the number of heart patients and deaths.
The health sector should expand the country's health care system, train human resources and develop sources of traditional medicine in attempt to meet the country's demand for heart disease prevention and treatment, said Mr. Dam.
He added that the sector should apply advanced and low-cost medical techniques as well as information technology to help hospitals in districts treat heart patients in a bid to reduce pressure at the big hospitals.
Through 25 years of building and developing, doctors of the Viet Nam National Heart Institute have provided examination to around 75,000 patients and timely heart interventions for more than 8,500 patients every year. It has also trained thousand cardiologists for medical clinics in the country
The Viet Nam National Heart Institute received the Third Class Independence Medal for successes in promoting people's health care.
On the same day, the Ha Dong Medicine College held a ceremony to mark the Teacher’s Day and the 54th anniversary of its establishment; Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan attended the ceremony and offered the First Class Labor Medal.