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Lao Cai (VNA) – Vietnam aims to roll out the family doctor model on a larger scale in combination with the development of grassroots medical services during the 2016-2020 period, heard a meeting of a provincial-level group of health partners in the northern province of Lao Cai on August 2.

The event, held by the Ministry of Health, brought together representatives from development cooperation agencies, UN organisations, international development banks and foreign non-governmental organisations specialising in health care in Vietnam, among others.

The participants shared their views on and experience in family doctor model development in Vietnam.

Tran Thi Giang Huong, head of the International Cooperation Department under the Health Ministry, said that the model has been piloted in eight cities and provinces across the country.

However, she said, difficulties remain in integrating the model with local medical systems in an effective and sustainable manner.

Other delegates proposed implementing the model at more than 11,000 communal clinics nationwide, especially those in remote and far-flung areas, in order to make the best use of available facilities.

Some suggested devising plans on training family doctors to ensure both quality and quantity of human resources in the time ahead.

Tran Quy Tuong, deputy head of the Health Ministry’s Medical Examination and Treatment Department, said the model aims to improve health care quality comprehensively and continuously.

It helps clarify and prevent diseases, while enhancing the connectivity between families and the community in improving public health, he said, adding that the duplication and effective implementation of the model is expected to help ease hospital overloading.-VNA