Ministry to upgrade healthcare on islands, coastal areas

The Ministry of Health will be submitting a plan to the government for raising the standards and quality of healthcare on islands and coastal areas and allocate VND8,200 billion (US$394,000) for improving such facilities for residents and army officers.

The project will be conducted in two phases. The first phase will be from 2013-2015 and the second phase from 2016-2020, for which a total amount of VND8,200 billion will be allocated, most of which will come from state budget, governmental bonds, official development assistance and social contributions.

The project will be implemented in 151 districts and communes of 28 provinces which have islands and coastal areas. It will focus on building more hospitals and upgrading and equipping old medical clinics with new equipment to meet emergency needs of residents. It will offer people in islands and coastal areas the basic medical services, supported by some advanced high tech services, which will offer the necessary medical assurance to people living in these far off locations.

According to the latest survey by the Institute of Health Strategy and Policy, as of 2012, 31 percent of the medical clinics on the islands don’t even have their own building, 33.5 percent are in poor degraded state and more than 50 percent are without doctors.

By N. Quoc - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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