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Over 7,200 public, private hospitals do not have wastewater treatment system

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:36 am

Over 7,200 public and private hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City do not have standard wastewater treatment systems, the Department of Health has reported.

These medical clinics have only rudimentary systems at the best and discharged their wastewater into septic tanks, which are then released into the sewerage system.

The old waste water treatment facilities of the Traumatic Orthopedic Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Over 7,200 public and private hospitals do not have wastewater treatment system or the old facilities can’t meet the increase in usage

Approximately 45 central, city and district hospitals and private clinics, have not improved their wastewater treatment systems and the old systems cannot satisfy the increase in usage. The wastewater system is overloaded.

Hospitals said they are short of skill personnel in dealing with the issue, while the relevant agencies have yet to penalize any hospital or clinic that do not meet the requirements of a modern waste treatment system.

However, the city Department of Natural Resources and Environment has fined the Mental Hospital in District 5. The hospital was fined VND6 million and was forced to quickly construct a modern standard wastewater treatment facility.

Hospitals in the city have dumped thousands cubic meters of wastewater into the river environments every day.

Source: SGGP

Children’s hospitals struggle with recent surge in patients

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:27 am

Children’s hospitals struggle with recent surge in patients

QĐND – Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

The number of children with respiratory illnesses, acute diarrhoea and dengue fever has increased sharply in recent days, according to hospitals in HCM City.

The HCM City Paediatrics Hospital No 1’s Respiratory Diseases Ward is severely overstretched, having to take in as many as 200-230 inpatients a day while it has just 100 beds.

At the Digestive Ward of HCM City Paediatrics Hospital No 2, many inpatients are suffering from acute diarrhoea.

Environmental pollution as well as unsafe and unhygienic food have increased considerably the risk of diarrhoea in children, according to doctors.

The HCM City Health Department has ordered relevant agencies to implement measures to control further outbreaks of diarrhoea. It has urged district authorities to strengthen awareness campaigns about the disease, including prevention measures like using boiled water, eating well cooked food and washing hands with soap and water before eating.

Meanwhile, the Pasteur Institute has noted that the city is now having about 500 patients with dengue fever every week, up 50 percent compared to the same period last year.

In this case, it is not just children, but the number of adults contracting the mosquito-borne disease is also on the increase.

On December 6, a first-grade student of the Chuong Duong Primary School in District 1 died of dengue fever, said Nguyen Van The, director of the District 1 Preventive Health Centre.

Source: VNA/ Photo: xaluan

Source: QDND

Hospitals to be relocated to outer suburbs in capital plan

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Hospitals to be relocated to outer suburbs in capital plan

QĐND – Saturday, October 23, 2010, 23:12 (GMT+7)

A detailed plan is being developed to move Ha Noi hospitals to outer suburbs as part of the capital’s construction plans, a conference between the People’s Committee and the Ministry of Health heard on Thursday.

“City authorities will try their best to facilitate the relocation of the hospitals,” said deputy chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee, Phi Thai Binh.

The city is set to become a hub of high-quality healthcare under plans being reviewed by the Government.

t present, there are 72 hospitals in the city, 32 managed by the ministries of health, public security, national defence, construction and transport, and 40 others run by the Department of Health. Half of these health centres are in four inner districts: Hoan Kiem, Ba Dinh, Dong Da and Hai Ba Trung. The conference concluded that hospitals should be treated according to their function. Those that treat infectious or viral diseases and produce large amounts of medical waste will be shifted from populous areas to suburban areas and the abandoned buildings will be turned into medical research centres.

Additional facilities will be built elsewhere for hospitals with no room for expansion. All new hospitals managed by the city’s Health Department must be built at least 25km from central Ha Noi and near State- and district-level hospitals to ensure that technology can be transferred efficiently.

Ha Noi hopes to build five multi-functional medical complexes in the future on a total area of 600 hectares in the Gia Lam, Long Bien, Soc Son, Son Tay and Phu Xuyen districts. The quality gap between district and provincial hospitals and State-level hospitals is causing State hospitals to be overcrowded with patients.

Key hospitals, including Bach Mai Hospital, the National Obstetric and Gynaecological Hospital and the Viet Nam National Hospital for Paediatrics in Ha Noi, overbook their hospital rooms and do not have enough beds to meet demand.

During the first six months of the year, Bach Mai hospital, one of biggest hospitals in the country, has operated at 47 per cent above its capacity level.

A survey conducted by the Institute of Health Strategy and Policy in 2007 showed that State hospitals, particularly obstetrics and children’s hospitals, were unable to meet demand.

Source: VNS/VNN

Source: QDND

Hospitals in Hanoi to be relocated

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Hospitals in Hanoi to be relocated

QĐND – Friday, October 22, 2010, 22:35 (GMT+7)

Hanoi will relocate a number of hospitals in the city to suburban areas, according to the Hanoi Architecture and Planning Department.

Under the new project, the city will spare some 600 ha in 5 suburban areas to build health care complexes and move out large hospitals, especially hospitals with infectious diseases and those near populous areas.

According to experts, many hospitals in Hanoi, including local and central ones, either are degrading or do not meet an increasing need for healthcare services of the people. As a result, most of hospitals are often overburdened and lack medical equipment and devices to serve patients.

The project to relocate hospitals in Hanoi is aimed to form modern healthcare systems and provide people with a better access to medical and healthcare services, said officials.

Source: DDDN

Translated by Thu Nguyen  

Source: QDND

Public, rural hospitals suffer brain drain

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Public, rural hospitals suffer brain drain

QĐND – Monday, October 18, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

A brain-drain of health workers from public to private hospitals and from rural mountain provinces to urban areas is creating a headache for Viet Nam’s health system.

The Ministry of Health has released a report saying that although the number of health workers increased throughout Viet Nam year -on-year, it did not keep pace with population increases.

In 2008, Viet Nam had 40.5 health workers per 10,000 people. This was lower than that in 1986 when there were 43.1 health workers per 10,000 people.

The report said 50 per cent of health workers were working in urban areas, but only 27.7 per cent of the nation’s population resided there.

Head of Ha Tinh Province’s Health Department’s Medical Profession office Vo Viet Quang said three doctors with masters degrees in surgery, oriental medicine and dental science left provincial hospitals last year.

Several other provincial doctors also moved to private hospitals in Ha Noi, Vung Tau and HCM City this year.

“They quit State-owned hospitals even though the provincial health department did not agree with their proposals,” said Quang.

There are about 640 doctors in Ha Tinh province, about 200 fewer than stipulated by Ministry of Health regulations that each province muat have a ratio of seven doctors to 10,000 people.

Accordingly to this, each district should have at least 30 doctors, but Can Loc District Hospital, for example, has only one doctor who also performs surgery.

The shortage of surgeons led to “some unfortunate mistakes” at the hospital’s obstetrics ward. This recently forced the Health Department to bring in obstetricians from a neighbouring hospital in Huong Khe District.

The Health Examination and Treatment Department said at present there were 141,148 health workers throughout Viet Nam specialising in examinations and treatment. However, the actual demand was for 188,182.

Recent surveys have also found that many medical techniques applied in countries around the world for many years were slow to be adopted in Viet Nam.

This was attributed to the shortage of specialists to run modern equipment.

Director of Binh Duong General Hospital Ngo Dung Nghia said there was rising demand for cardio-vascular treatment and advanced endoscopy on the large intestines and stomach, but the hospital did not have enough medical staff to provide these services.

About 50km away from HCM City, the hospital lacks about 80 doctors. Low pay is blamed for the shortage of young doctors.

To solve the shortages, the Ministry of Health has developed an ambitious plan to have 41 health workers, including eight doctors and two pharmacists, per 10,000 people by 2015.

This means more than 282,000 health workers will be needed by then, and Vietnamese universities will have to provide 5,800 doctors and 1,572 pharmacists more annually.

Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said other measures were needed to overcome the shortage.

This included increasing the quota of medical and pharmaceutical students at universities and creating special payment and treatment policies for health workers, especially those working in rural and mountain areas.

Vu Ba Toan, head of the Organisation and Administrative Work Bureau at the Quy Hoa Leprosy and Dermatology Hospital, has suggested raising occupational allowances to health workers – and making it legally binding for staff sent to receive continuing education to return.

He compared the sending of health workers to receive such training as a two-edged knife is most trained staff were willing to compensate training costs to their hospitals and look for higher paid jobs elsewhere.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


Source: QDND

Health insurance card holders flock to private hospitals

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 7:27 am

Many patients with health insurance cards in Ho Chi Minh City have turned to private hospitals and health centers instead of public hospitals in search of better services.

A nurse receives patients with health insurance cards at the Hoan My General Hospital, one of the biggest private hospitals in HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

One year after the adjusted health insurance law took effect, the shift seems to be a general trend, going by reports from private healthcare establishments. The new law’s requires patients to pay 5-20 percent of health check and treatment costs.

Observers say that this has eased the overload that public hospitals have for long suffered.

The Phuoc An general medical center, which has six clinics in Phu Nhuan, Binh Tan, Tan Phu, 4, 6, and 10 districts, receives 1,800 people for health checks and treatment every day, 50 percent of them with health insurance cards, double the figure compared to two years ago.

Besides attentive doctors and staff, the center has also equipped itself with new and modern facilities to ensure faster health checks and test results in a move to attract more people with insurance cards.

It has also improved procedures to better serve patients with health insurance cards, including receiving patients outside administrative times on Thursday and Sunday.

The An Sinh private general hospital in Phu Nhuan District has also focused on serving more patients with insurance cards since its inception in 2006.

K. Anh, who has been treated for a kidney ailment at the hospital for the last two years, said she’d suffered from kidney failure for four years now. For the first two years, she was treated at a public hospital in the city. She moved to An Sinh Hospital after they began providing better service to insurance card patients, Anh said.

According to the HCMC Social Insurance Agency, the number of private medical centers and hospitals registering to serve health insurance card holders has risen to 77 from just 23 in 2008.

Half of over 4.2 million people buying health insurance cards have visited private centers and hospitals for health checks and treatment, the agency said.

As the private sector pays more attention to increase their market penetration in terms of serving more health insurance card holders, public hospitals can enjoy an easing of the overload that they constantly labor under.

Some private hospitals have said they are still experiencing some difficulties in getting payment from those with health insurance cards.

For now, however, the private healthcare sector is bound to stick to the strategy of attracting more health insurance card holders because their treatment is provided at market prices, senior personnel at some private hospitals said.

Source: SGGP

Central hospitals ordered to use electronic prescription

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Doctors should use IT in writing prescription to reduce unecessary medications and cut down on administrative problems

The Ministry of Health has ordered hospitals in the country to increase the use of advanced technology in the issuing of prescription mediations, with the aim of increasing IT usage at the 36 central hospitals by year’s end.

The order was issued after a recent survey conducted by the Administration of Treatment Agency (ADA), part of the ministry, which found that the application of IT has helped reduce unnecessary prescriptions, as well as cut down on administrative problems for hospital staffs and patients.

According to the survey, of 21 central hospitals, 20 have electric prescription protocols; 16 infirmaries have used computer software to manage the issuing of medication to outpatients.

During a recent inspection of prescription procedures at six Hanoi medical clinics, the ADA uncovered several violations including missing patient addresses and no dosage information.

Source: SGGP

Thai speedboat collision injures 33 tourists: hospitals

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2010 at 4:45 am

BANGKOK, June 27, 2010 (AFP) – Two speedboats carrying Thai and Western tourists have collided in the Gulf of Thailand injuring at least 33 people, and two are thought to be missing, hospital staff and media said Sunday.

The accident happened late Saturday night as the boats were ferrying people to and from a full moon party on a beach on Koh Phangan, a monthly event on the island that is popular with thousands of Western backpackers.

Two hospitals on the nearby resort island of Koh Samui told AFP they had treated 33 tourists between them, with nine still in their care including five Australians, two Britons, one Singaporean and one Irish holidaymaker.

The Nation newspaper website said two people were missing and 39 were injured, two of them in a serious condition with head injuries, after the crash threw them into the sea.

At least seven Australians were injured in the accident, according to an Australian foreign ministry spokesman.

“The Australian embassy in Bangkok is working with Thai authorities to determine whether there are any other Australians involved,” he told AFP.

Koh Phangan has gained notoriety for the hedonistic monthly full moon event, billed as one of the biggest beach parties in the world, where drugs and alcohol are rife.

Source: SGGP

Hot weather sees hospitals at fall stretch

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 8:33 am

Hot weather sees hospitals at fall stretch

QĐND – Thursday, June 17, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

The number of people, especially children and the elderly, who have gone to health centres in Hanoi have increased sharply due to the prolonged heat wave over the last few days.

Le Thanh Hai, deputy director of the National Hospital of Pediatrics (NHP) says that the hospital has received between 1,800 to 2,000 patients a day, almost double the normal day figure. However, last year the hospital received up to 2,500 child patients per day, he added.

Nguyen Van Lam, deputy head of the Infections Department at the NHP, says that the department is currently treating around 100 children, including 33 with encephalitis and the remainder with respiratory diseases and rubella.

Mr Lam warns that parents should take their children to hospital immediately if they have a high fever and are vomiting.

Sharing this view, Dr Nguyen Tien Dung, head of the Pediatrics Department at Bach Mai hospital emphasises that encephalitis is often mistaken for other diseases, so children should be hospitalised immediately if they show any symptoms such as a high fever, vomiting, and headache.

Mr Dung adds that the number of children going to hospital for check-ups or treatment at Bach Mai has increased by 20-30 percent, due to diseases such as viral fever, pneumonia, encephalitis and digestive disorders. This is attributed to the high temperatures which cause viruses to emerge and spread far and wide. Children can be easily infected as they can inhale any viruses that are present in the environment.

Dr Nguyen Trung Anh from the central geriatric hospital says that the hospital has seen a sharp increase in older people , up to 500, who have heart disease and other serious conditions. Some have been hospitalised because of low blood pressure, sunstroke and vasodilation. The number of old people admitted with strokes has also increased and some had died.

Dr Nguyen Trung Anh adds that to avoid diseases in hot weather, old people, especially those with heart disease or blood pressure should not go out into the sun and avoid big and sudden changes in room temperatures. He advises that room temperatures should be kept at between 25-28 degree Celsius.

Source: VOV






Source: QDND

Hospitals to keep close eyes on recalled child medications

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 8:51 am

The Vietnam Drug Administration has ordered hospitals to strictly monitor the use and affects of several children’s and infant medications following a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall of over 40 over-the-counter drugs.

Three of the Children’s Tylenol products that are being recalled in the 2010 Tylenol and liquid related product recall.

Liquid medicines like the Tylenol, Tylenol Plus, Motrin, and Zyrtec brand names were recalled in the US and Vietnam must now monitor the application of these drugs, the administration said.

This recall is not due to any adverse reaction to the medications. The FDA simply noted that the medications did not meet its quality standards.

Some of the products included in the recall may contain higher concentrations of active ingredients than is specified; others may contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny particles, according to the FDA.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Health is following FDA announcements on the issue closely to ensure patients’ rights.

Most of the Tylenol and Zyrtec liquid children’s products in Vietnam are made in Thailand, and imported and distributed by PhytoPharma. The drugs are sold without a doctor’s prescription.

Source: SGGP