At the meeting Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said that residents in mountainous districts, border areas and islands where a few doctors agree to work are difficult in accessing to healthcare system.
To contribute to increase the number of good doctors and improve treatment quality in these areas, the Ministry has implemented a project to send newly graduated doctors who agree to work in the disadvantaged regions. The pilot project giving priority to 62 poorest districts aims to improve medical services at the grassroots level
The project plans to send doctors who received intensive training and had practice certificate before being assigned to work in poor districts. Female doctors are asked to work in these areas for two years and male doctors work there for three years. After finishing the duration, they can apply for any big hospital of their choice.
Of seven doctors, one is radiologist, one surgeon and five pediatricians.
As per a study by the ministry, 62 disadvantaged districts are short of 600 doctors.