Delegates cut the ribbon to open a new 500-bed childhood cancer and heart centre at the Bach Mai hospital today in Ha Noi. (Photo: laodong.com.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) - Bach Mai General Hospital opened a new 500-bed childhood cancer and heart centre at a ceremony in Hanoi on December 30.

"The centre will dramatically help to ease the situation of patient overload at Bach Mai Hospital, especially in the emergency, cancer, kidney and respiratory, besides examination departments," Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said at the opening ceremony.

The 21-storey new cancer and heart centre, with a total floor area of 45,000sq.m, has been built with a total investment of more than 1,300 billion VND (578 million USD).

It is equipped with advanced medical facilities required for diagnosing and treating cancer and heart diseases in children.

Hospital Director Nguyen Quoc Anh said childhood cancer and heart diseases were among the health issues that raised the maximum concern in the world and in Vietnam due to the high fatality rate and after-effects.

The new advanced centre will help to save more children with cancer and heart diseases in Vietnam, he added.

Established in 1911, Bach Mai Hospital is the largest medical facility in Vietnam that handles examination and treatment of about 1.4 million patient visits each year.-VNA