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Clinic to be built for ethnic minority’s healthcare

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 8:19 am

The organization of “Nghia tinh Truong Son” (Sentimental Attachment for Truong Son Road), Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper, and the border guards in the central province of Nghe An broke ground for a clinic on November 24.

The VND1 billion (US$49000) clinic sponsored by the Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group through the Nghia tinh Truong Son program was built in the mountainous district Con Cuong in Nghe An for healthcare service for over 60 ethnic minority people Dan Lai who live separately in the National park Pu Mat.

Mr. Tran The Tuyen, Editor – in – chief of Sai Gon Giai Phong, said the fund for the program was raised to repay veterans and voluntary youths including ethnic minority Dan Lai who fought and worked on the Truong Son Road, also known as the Ho Chi Minh trail, during the war, but now live in poverty on the eastern and western sides of the Truong Son mountain range.

On the behalf of border guard headquarter, colonel Nguyen Van Tuy promised to construct a high quality clinic and it will be soon operated to provide healthcare to inhabitants in the mountainous district.


Source: SGGP

Free healthcare for needy people

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Free healthcare for needy people

QĐND – Friday, October 29, 2010, 23:22 (GMT+7)

Nearly 4,000 needy people in 11 communes in 11 districts in Ho Chi Minh City have benefited from a healthcare program named “Warm heart – For a better health”, organised by the Ho Chi Minh City’s Youth Union and the Hau Giang Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Company.

In early October, 450 social beneficiaries in Tan Tao Ward, Binh Tan District were given free health check-up and medicines.

Doctors from the Ho Chi Minh City Friendship Hospital and the Ho Chi Minh City Medicine and Pharmacy Hospital took part in the activities. On this occasion, they presented VND8 million to an 8 year-old old boy in the district who suffers from heart disease.

The total expense of the program has so far reached VND 600 million.

Source: TT

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Medical workers raise quality of treatment, healthcare through movements: Health Minister

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Health Minister Nguyen Quoc Trieu said medical workers have raised quality of treatment and healthcare through joining actively in movements such as studying and following President Ho Chi Minh’s moral example, good doctors are also nice mothers of patients, doctors and nurses work following Uncle Ho’s teaching.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan and Doan Thi Ngoc Tram, mother of Dang Thuy Tram, a North Vietnamese surgeon, who was killed during a battle in northern South Vietnam in 1970

Mr. Trieu said this at an annual meeting to review movements among medical workers held by the Ministry of Health on Sep 28 in Hanoi.

The highlight of these movements is that epidemic prevention is conducted actively and effectively. Dangerous diseases like cholera, plague and malaria are under control.

Thanks to good vaccination campaign, infectious diseases in kids like measles, diphtheria, whooping cough and Japan encephalitis have reduced by over 10 percent compared to before.

In addition, the project to send doctors of the central hospitals to rural infirmaries to transfer high techniques to their countryside counterparts helped to reduce 30 percent of pressures on city hospitals and improve healthcare quality in distant regions.

Mothers and children healthcare has been better, contributing greatly to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Mr. Trieu emphasized the sector will focus on decreasing the rate of patients suffering from diseases and deaths as well as improve gender quality and healthcare system.

Attending the event were Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan and exemplary doctors in the country.

Source: SGGP

Poor people in Mekong delta enjoy better healthcare services

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Poor people in Mekong delta enjoy better healthcare services

QĐND – Sunday, August 01, 2010, 21:10 (GMT+7)

Tens of thousands of poor people in An Giang province have access to reasonably-priced health services thanks to a medical support project in the Mekong delta.

Thank to the project, which is conducted by the Health Ministry, 59,505 people living under or just at the poverty line have received free health insurance and access to healthcare consultancy services. Heart surgeries have been carried out for many children under six years old and the elderly.

The project has also supported the management and treatment for psychopaths in the eight communes of An Phu, Tinh Bien, Tri Ton and Thoai Son districts.

As part of the project, 115 medical workers have been supported to undertake tertiary education and specialised training courses. In addition, the provincial polyclinic and the An Giang preventive medical centre have been provided with modern equipment to improve their diagnosis and treatment capacity.

Apart from An Giang, the project has also provided assistance to the other 12 cities and provinces in the Mekong delta.

Kicked off in September 2006 and expected to complete by the end of 2011, the project has a total investment of US$85 million, taken from the official development assistance (ODA) commitment to Vietnam.

The funding allocated to An Giang is more than US$6.4 million, of which the majority or over US$4.96 million has been disbursed in 2010.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

ADB agrees $60 mln loans to help Vietnam improve healthcare

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said it approved on Tuesday US$60 million in loans for Vietnam to help the country improve its health services.

The lender said the loans are for the Vietnam Health Human Resources Sector Development Program, which is co-financed with an US$11 million grant from the Government of Australia.

ADB said the program gives priorities to poor, remote communities which lack skilled workers and quality health facilities.

(File) A doctor (R) examines an old woman in the southern province of Tay Ninh (Photo: Tay Ninh Red Cross website)

“The program will improve health care services for the poor in remote communities by strengthening the capacity of health facilities, training institutions and health workers to serve their special needs,” Sjoerd Postma, senior health specialist in ADB’s Southeast Asia Department, said in Tuesday’s statement.

The bank said a US$30 million program loan will support reforms such as the Law on Examination and Treatment to govern the operation of health facilities and the registration and practice of health professionals; a new plan to upgrade teaching institutions; and the adoption of new models for costing and managing service delivery in district hospitals.

Another US$30 million project loan will support investments linked to planned policy actions in key sector institutions.

Both loans are from ADB’s concessional Asian Development Fund.

ADB said it has financed six health projects in Vietnam, but this is the first sector development program.

“The program approach gives ADB an opportunity to support policy reforms with accompanying investments to address critical quality, efficiency and human resource constraints,” the bank said.

The Ministry of Health is the executing agency for the program and associated project, which is expected to be completed by end December 2015.

Source: SGGP

Better healthcare services for the disabled

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Better healthcare services for the disabled

QĐND – Saturday, May 29, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

The Party and State always pay attention to offering equal treatment and taking care of the living conditions of people with disabilities.

National Assembly (NA) deputies on May 28 focused their discussion on the draft law on the disabled.

They stressed the need to have a specific law to ensure the rights and interests of the disabled. The draft law on the disabled includes 10 chapters and 54 articles, including amendments to Chapter 10 regulating the responsibility to assess the level of disabilities of handicapped people so that they can enjoy State subsidies in line with their disabilities.

The draft law emphasizes the State‘s role in encouraging agencies, businesses and organisations to employ the disabled. Those businesses at which 50 percent of the staff are the disabled will enjoy an exemption of business income tax and preferential loans.

NA delegates said that the State should offer incentive policies for businesses at which the disabled account for 30 percent of their staff. Those businesses which do not create jobs for the disabled must contribute to charity funds in support of them.

They also agreed that better healthcare and transport services should be given to the disabled, who should also be provided with better conditions for rehabilitation.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Attracting investment in the healthcare sector

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 5:12 am

Gov’t shouldn’t charge poor for healthcare: official

In Vietnam Health on January 22, 2010 at 10:49 am

In the midst of public discontent over new State-issued health insurance regulations, the Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Social Insurance Office Cao Van Sang has said he disapproves of poor patients having to pay for medical care. The underprivileged and those with chronic or incurable diseases simply cannot afford to pay treatment fees, he said.

Cao Van Sang, director of the Ho Chi Minh City Insurance Company expresses his disapproval of insured patients co-pay treatment fee

Under the new regulations, which took effect January 1, disadvantaged patients are required to pay 5 percent of medical treatment charges; but for many who barely make ends meet, this is still too high, Mr. Sang said.

The Insurance Company director said HCMC has done a good job of implementing the new policies and that over four million new insurance cards have been issued.

Healthcare workers have complained, however, of ambiguity and difficulty in executing the new regulations.

For instance, the Health Insurance Department (under the Ministry of Health) said insurance cardholders could still use their old cards one last time, but must then replace them.

Many complained that this was not made clear before the new rules took effect and thus led to much confusion.

Mr. Sang said that in the past, the law stipulated that patients must pay a portion of treatment fees, but this was later abandoned. The new regulations have brought the fees back, but policymakers and the National Assembly ought to have rejected this, he said.

Parents are also now charged for a portion of their children’s medical treatment, while insurance covers only up to around VND29.2 million (US$1,578). The cost of heart surgery for a child can run up to tens of millions of dong, however. Families that can’t afford such surgery must ask for support from district governments.

Tong Thi Song Huong, head of the Health Insurance Department, said at a recent meeting of the Ministry of Health and the Vietnam Insurance Company that while many difficulties have arisen, medical staffs have done a good job of easing patients’ concerns.

The conference, held in Hanoi on January 21, discussed the first 20 days of implementing the new insurance policies and what was left to be done.

During the meeting, Ms. Huong proposed using the charitable “Fund 139” to help poor patients who are unable to afford hospital fees.

Following Ms. Huong’s proposal, the ministry will ask the government to allow the Fund 139 to assist the poor in covering treatment charges. Hospitals throughout the country will compile information on poor patients and submit a report to the ministry for consideration. The ministry has said it will change the law if necessary to help poor people afford healthcare.

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PM orders healthcare improvement in 2010

In Vietnam Health on December 22, 2009 at 1:20 pm

In a recent meeting with heath sector representatives, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung ordered better mobilization of all resources to reduce overcrowding in major city hospitals next year.

Over the next five years, the health sector must also improve the quality of medical treatment, ensure enough beds for patients, and call for investment in healthcare facilities, Mr. Dung stressed.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health says the problem of overcrowded hospitals is due to an influx of patients from neighboring provinces to major medical clinics in the city. 

Several patients  forced to share a single bed at the Trauma and Orthopedics hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has directed the healthcare sector to improve its services and reduce overcrowding in 2010 ( Photo: SGGP)

In a bid to ease the pressure on these clinics, the Ministry of Health launched an initiative early this year to rotate thousands of medical staff in rural areas.

The program has yielded good results in improving treatment quality and self-sufficiency in suburban areas and especially in mountainous and remote areas.

Under the program, 21,526 doctors in provinces and districts have been receiving training in hundreds of complex medical procedures. This has reduced the need to transfer patients to larger hospitals by 30 percent.

The HCM City Trauma and Orthopedics Hospital, for instance, provides training for staff at 34 satellite hospitals in the city and other provinces.

In addition, the hospital sends staff to other infirmaries when they are in need and strives to apply new techniques to help patients recover quickly and leave the hospital sooner.

But a consistent shortage of personnel and equipment along with yearly increases in the number of patients, creates continual challenges for the program, said Trauma and Orthopedics Hospital Director Tran Thanh My.

Furthermore, skilled doctors often avoid rotations since they have their own private practices to attend to and long absences have a negative effect on their local patients, said Dr. Lam Hoai Phuong, director of the Maxillo Facial Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.

Dr. Pham Xuan Dung, deputy director of the Tumor Hospital in the city’s Binh Thanh District, said his hospital had implemented several other measures to improve patient service that had shown positive results.

The facility began seeing patients as early as 6am; installed a formalized number-taking system; performed surgery on weekends; implemented new diagnostic and treatment technology; and offered services outside of regular working hours. The efforts paid off and the hospital was able to treat more than 38,000 patients in 2009, said Dr. Dung.

The hospital also provides training to healthcare staff in the southern provinces of Dong Nai, Tien Giang, Can Tho and Kien Giang. However, Dr. Dung said many patients in rural areas still consider hospitals in major cities to be superior.

Experts say the country’s healthcare conundrum therefore requires a more comprehensive approach to improving quality and reducing crowding.

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Medical Staff Take Turns to Serve in Commune Hospitals: Health Minister

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ASEAN seeks ways to boost healthcare cooperation

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2008 at 1:36 pm

Vientiane (VNA) – ASEAN medical practitioners and health experts have gathered in Vientiane, Laos to seek ways to increase cooperation between regional nations in a bid to increase the efficiency of anti-epidemic efforts in the region.

At the 13th conference of the association of ASEAN doctors, organised along the theme of “Community Healthcare in ASEAN”, doctors and health experts exchanged experiences in implementing a range of effective systems to combat diseases and prevent their spread among communities.

Participants at the conference shared the latest information regarding disease across the region, paying special attention to information relating to outbreaks of newly-discovered diseases. It also discussed methods of treating patients and preventing outbreaks of disease.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations consists of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.-