Officials cut the ribbon to inaugurate the medical technique building (Photo: baothainguyen.org.vn)

Thai Nguyen (VNA) – A medical technique building was unveiled at the Thai Nguyen National General Hospital in the northern province of Thai Nguyen on July 3.

The 15-storey building, covering 1,570 square metres of ground, accommodates the departments of image analysis, biochemistry, microbiology and pathology, operating rooms, and the surgical emergency ward with 250 patient beds.

The inauguration marked the completion of phase I of a project on upgrading the hospital.

The project was approved by the Ministry of Health in 2009 and carried out at a cost of over 498 billion VND (22.4 billion USD) funded through Government bonds.

At the ceremony, Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said she hopes the new building will improve local healthcare services, helping to ease the overloading at hospitals in big cities and reduce patients’ medical expenses.

Following the inauguration, the health ministry’s officials visited patients and planted commemorative trees in the hospital campus.-VNA