Speaking at the meeting to mark the National Physician Day (February 27), Hua Ngoc Thuan, Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee called on the health sector to help construct hospitals around the gates leading to the city to help ease pressure on large hospitals in the city.
The construction projects should begin no later than October 2 and the health sector must also raise the training standards of medical workers for the future. Moreover, the Department of Health should control the clinics in districts and not the local people’s committees.
Thuan praised the health department’s performance over the past few years in fighting against dangerous pandemics like cholera and dengue fever, reducing the birth rate by 0.1 percent and diminishing the ratio between male and female babies.
|Nguyen Van Dua, deputy secretary of the HCMC Party Committee congratulates young doctors at a meeting to mark the National Physician Day (February 27)|
However, he also reminded the sector leaders of the limitations like discrimination between patients while serving only those with health insurance card holders. The shortage of personnel and the quality of treatment in district infirmaries has not improved much for the patients.
Also at a meeting held on February 24 by the HCMC Department of Health, doctors were awarded certificates of excellence and merits by the Ministry of Health.
Among them, a Third Freedom medal was given to Ms. Hoang Thi Luy, chairman of Ophthalmology Association in HCMC, five Third Labor medals to five doctors and two First Labor Medals to hospitals Oral and Maxillo Facial Surgery and Tropical Diseases.
Elsewhere in the city, the HCMC Communist Youth Union of health sector had a meeting with city leaders about promoting scientific research, fighting against overloading hospitals and preferential policies for medical workers in remote areas. Addressing the meeting, Nguyen Van Dua, deputy secretary of the HCMC Party Committee reminded young doctors to love patients like themselves and follow on the teaching of Ho Chi Minh.