All hospitals at both central and local levels in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have carefully prepared for emergencies during Tet (Lunar New Year).
Hanoi’s birth rate this year is likely to stand at 15.8 per 1,000 members of the population, a sharp drop from 19.36 in 2012 and meeting the city’s yearly target, according to the municipal Steering Committee for Population and Family Planning, according to Vietnam News Agency.
On September 20th, the Viet Tri City children’s fund in the northern province of Phu Tho worked with the Phu Tho General Hospital to give free healthcare and medicine to underprivileged children in Kim Duc commune.
On September 19th, the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT) held a blood donation festival entitled “Mid-Autumn festival for children 2015” which attracted thousands of volunteers in Hanoi.
Over 1,500 children under 16 years old in 6 poor districts of the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai on September 13th-14th were given free medical check-ups for early detection of the symptoms of inborn heart diseases.
From September 10th-12th, Cho Ray – Phnom Penh hospital is working with Samdec Techo young voluntary doctors’ association and Chabar Ampov district authorities in Phnom Penh capital to give free healthcare to 500 poor Cambodian patients, raising the number of patients benefiting from charitable medical check-ups since early September to over 1,000.
Some 500 children under 16 years old will receive free heart surgery and a contribution towards travel and food expenses during treatment under a program to be carried out at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City from now until the end of 2016.
On September 5th, the Gia Dinh People’s Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City worked with Germany’s Merck Vietnam Co. Ltd. to give free healthcare to over 1,000 disadvantaged children in Tieu Can district, the southern province of Tra Vinh.
Assc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Hong Son, Director of the Vietnamese Military Hospital 175 has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the University of Sydney on support for training Vietnamese doctors with Prof. Bruce Robinson, President of the Hoc Mai Foundation and Dean of the Medical School of the University of Sydney.
The hospital of the Central Highlands University, the Dak Lak provincial Fund for Children has recently worked with Operation Smile Vietnam, Amway Company and Vietnam – Cuba Friendship Hospital Hanoi to give free surgery to 80 children who suffer from cleft lip and cleft palate.
The Ho Chi Minh city People’s Committee has approved to grant VND495 million for the Ho Chi Minh City HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Committee to buy 3,000 heroin test strips and 5,000 synthetic drug test strips.
The General Department IV under the Ministry of Public Security has launched a methadone delivery facility at Phu Son 4 prison under the directive of the Prime Minister on the implementation of the methadone maintenance treatment for drug addiction in prisons, managed by the Ministry of Public Security.
Aid from international organizations for HIV/AIDS prevention and control in Vietnam is being cut down and it will be cut completely in 2017. If HIV/AIDS-infected people don’t buy health insurance card, they will have to pay all medical bills as well as HIV/AIDS treatment service spending.
Nearly 200 Vietnamese children who suffer from cleft lip and cleft palate are being provided free surgery in a program worth USD50,000 sponsored by the ExxonMobil Corporation in Vietnam.
Over the past 70 years, Vietnam has taken many strides forward in providing healthcare to people, especially in fighting dangerous diseases and preventing emerging diseases entering Vietnam, said Tran Dac Phu, Head of the Preventive Health Department under the Ministry of Health in an interview granted for Vietnam News Agency.
A project to provide pre-school education for deaf Vietnamese children has proven effective, helping hundreds of deaf children use sign language and become better prepared for school and life, heard a workshop in Hanoi on August 10th.
The family doctor model has been conducted for two years across Vietnam with mixed results, particularly at grassroots medical facilities, according to healthcare officials.