More satellite hospitals will be built to ease overloads at central-level hospitals. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Health has approved the inclusion of several more hospitals to the ‘Satellite Hospitals’ project in the period of 2016-2020, as heard a conference on implementing the project in Hanoi on May 25.

New hospitals to join the list are the National Hospital of Endocrinology, the Thong Nhat Hospital and the hospitals of HCM City and Hanoi Medical Universities.

With the addition, the number of nucleus hospitals in the project increased to 22 with 98 satellite hospitals. The Hanoi-based Bach Mai Hospital has the most satellite hospitals, 23.

Associate Prof. Dr.Luong Ngoc Khue, Head of the Department of Medical Examination and Treatment under the MoH, recommended nucleus hospitals to review recommendations from satellite hospitals in order to reach agreement on contents for assistance in terms of professional training in the period 2016-2020.

Khue emphasized the importance of the project to reducing overloads at central-level hospitals and improving medical services in localities, saying it is the health sector’s top priority.-VNA