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Most communes in distant areas to have medical centers: MOH

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 11:21 am

The Ministry of Health (MOH) promised most of communes in distant regions have medical clinics, equipment and personnel in the next five years.

A medical center in district Vinh Cuu in the southern province of Dong Nai. MOH promises to build more hospitals in communes in distant regions

MOH made the pledge at the 20th congress of party committee in Hanoi on August 17 with the participation of To Huy Rua, Politburo member and head of the Party Central Committee Commission for Propaganda and Education.

The ministry said it will focus on developing healthcare system and raise medical service quality.

It will also strengthen social contribution to the sector including building district hospitals and upgrading provincial and central clinics.

Moreover, more hi-tech hospitals will be constructed in the capital Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and densely – populated regions.


Source: SGGP

Only 350 medical techniques, services to suffer soaring prices: MOH

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Of 3,000 medical techniques and services, only around 350 would have their fees soar, said Vietnamese Ministry of Health (MOH) at a press conference on July 20, in response to public outcry over the recently proposed draft on hospital fee increases.

If new draft on hospital fee increases approved, it would be burden for 14.7 million disadvantaged people whose monthly income is  meager

MOH said hospital fee adjustments have excluded machinery depreciation, staff wages and training expenditures.

However, the prices of examinations and sickbeds will see the highest increase in rates. For instance, the price of clinical exams will rise from VND3,000 to VND30,000. Meanwhile, patients will have to pay VND100,000 –VND150,000 per day for normal or first class sickbeds, as opposed to the current price of just VND4,000 and VND18,000.

The Ministry alleged that it would not affect many residents, citing that 62 percent of the country’s population has health insurance cards and the number of insured people continues to rise.

The new draft would badly affect 14.7 million people, mostly low income laborers, farmers, ethnic minorities and those suffering from chronic and incurable health conditions, who have bought insurance voluntarily. This group of people would be burdened by increases in the five to 20 percent fee they are accustomed to paying, because their monthly income is meager.

Source: SGGP

Dengue fever hotline for must run around clock: MOH

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm

The Ministry of Health June 27 ordered its subdivisions to maintain a hotline concerning dengue fever, to combat the disease that is on an upward trend.

A health worker is examining dengue fever children at Children Hospital No. 2 (photo: SGGP)

Municipal and provincial departments of health were asked to keep in touch with hospitals the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, the National hospital for Children, Hue Hospital, the Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City, and two hospitals No. 1 and 2 for children, also in HCMC.

MOH warned that the disease is plaguing southern provinces, while more people in the central and highlands provinces are contracting dengue fever as well.

Figures showed that the number of infected people in the central and highlands is over 4,000, a rate that doubles numbers from the same period in 2009. Affected provinces include Khanh Hoa, Thua Thien-Hue, Phu Yen, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Da nang, Kon Tum and Gia Lai.

Moreover, Hanoi recorded over 300 people infected with the ailment; July is considered the peak season for the disease.

Antibiotic resistance due to severe abuse has reached alarming rate in Vietnam, according to a recent survey conducted by the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit and the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases.

A survey, conducted at pharmacies and hospitals in Hanoi over a one-month period found that cases in which children are prescribed antibiotics unnecessarily are rampant.

Uncontrolled use and abuse of antibiotics has caused a severe resistance to the medicines in Vietnam. The survey also reported that over 60 percent of people are resistant to medication that treats pneumonia.

Source: SGGP

MoH urges professional care as A/H1N1 cases climb

In Vietnam Health on September 15, 2009 at 5:16 pm

The Health Ministry has recommended that people protect themselves and the community by strictly following measures to control the A/H1N1 epidemic and going to a health centre at the first sign of illness.

Students of Thanh Binh Private High School wear medical facemasks in the class. After the opening of the new academic year, more students contract the flu (Photo: Tuoi tre)

People should also not use Tamiflu without a prescription, it also said.

The recommendation was made on the heels of the latest fatality – Vietnam ’s sixth. A girl, from the southern province of Ben Tre , fell ill on September 3 and bought medicine to treat by herself at home.

Her condition worsened and she was hospitalised on September 5, testing positive for the flu virus on September 11. Despite being treated with Tamiflu, she died on September 12.

The Health Ministry on Sept. 14 confirmed 238 more cases of A/H1N1 infection, including 170 in the south, 40 in the north, 19 in the central region and the remaining nine in the Central Highlands .

The new cases brought the number of A/H1N1 patients in the country so far to 4,902, including six deaths, of which 4,481 people have been discharged from hospital and the remainder is currently quarantined for treatment.

Source: SGGP