Staff at an HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Centre in HCM City consult a patient. (Photo: VNA)
 
HCM City (VNA) - More than 1,200 health care managers will need new jobs when provincial centres for preventive health, HIV/AIDS, malaria and others are merged into one general Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in each province, as required by the Ministry of Health by 2021.

Speaking at a recent meeting in Ho Chi Minh City, Pham Van Tac, head of the ministry’s staff arrangement department, said it is necessary to establish the CDCs, but provinces are now facing difficulties in finding new jobs for laid-off managers.

The meeting, organised by the ministry, was held to provide guidance on a government circular that outlines the functions, authority and organisational structure of the provincial CDCs in the southern region. 

Each province has six preventive health centres which have a total of six directors and 18 deputy directors. However, only one director and three deputy directors will remain at each centre after the CDCs are formed.  

At least 1,200 managers will need new jobs, excluding the thousands of officers in other departments such as administration, accounting staff and drivers.

Le Van Tam, Vice Chairman of the Can Tho People’s Committee, said the Mekong Delta city has five preventive health centres, each of which has around 180 employees. The city has no choice but to wait for leaders to retire before the new merger is completed, he said.

Ton That Ngoc Hanh, Vice Chairman of the Central Highland Dak Nong province’s People’s Committee, said that since his province was established only 13 years ago, the staffing issue is more serious as younger employees would not retire.

HCM City has seven preventive health centres, all of which will be gradually closed and merged into the CDC before 2012, according to Nguyen Tan Binh, Director of the HCM City’s Department of Health.

However, the city has many state-owned companies, so employees can be shifted to other state-owned service units or medical establishments.

He said the municipal Department of Health would not appoint new people if managers or directors at the centres retired from now to 2021.

At the conference, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long asked localities to cut ineffective and unnecessary units but to retain the number of doctors at preventive health centres.

Twenty-seven of the country’s 63 provinces and cities have already set up a CDC by merging their preventive health centres, according to the ministry. 

Local authorities should embrace the changes, even if there are difficulties, Long said, adding that the ministry is reforming the health care system to provide better care for the public.-VNA