Mekong Delta to Receive Further US$45 Million for Health Care

The Mekong Delta will receive a further US$45 million to improve the regional heath and medical facilities. This was announced on December 22 by the Ministry of Health (MoH) in a meeting organized in Soc Trang Province to assess the first phase of a project to give medical support to the region.


Total funding for the project is US$85 million, including a US$70 million credit from the World Bank and a US$5 million grant from the Japanese Government.

The projects aims at giving health care and medical examinations  to underprivileged people in the Mekong Delta through a medical insurance scheme, improving the examination and treatment quality of hospitals and medical centers in the region, developing the human resources in the medical field and improving the efficiency of the primitive health system.

MoH reported that in phase 1 from July 2006-December 2007, US$40 million were spent on medical schemes to give medical examinations and health care to poor people and on modern medical equipment and technologies equipped for nine key hospitals at a provincial level.

The balance of US$45 million will be spent during phase 2, which operates from January 2008 to 31 December 2012,  to fulfill the set targets including giving refresher courses to 400 medical workers at grassroots medical stations.

Source TTXVN – Translated by Phuong Lan

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