Hanoi (VNA) – Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan has asked the Hanoi Medical University (HMU) to pour more investment into laboratories and links with other hospitals in and outside the country to equip its future physicians with more practical knowledge and skills.

Speaking at a ceremony at the university on February 25 to mark Vietnamese Doctors’ Day (February 27), the Vice President stressed caring for public health is a prioritised task and objective of the Party, the entire political system and each family.

HMU should work harder to improve its teaching and learning methods, apply the world’s scientific achievements and state-of-the-art technologies, and train doctors who have both good professional qualifications and good medical ethics, Doan said.

The official hailed comprehensive achievements the health sector has recorded over the past 21 years, which, she said, have seen the marked contributions of the Hanoi Medical University and its hospital.

As one of the country’s key educational facilities, HMU has become a reliable supplier of human resources for the health sector and a leading scientific centre nationwide, the Vice President noted.

On this occasion, a statue of French Doctor Alexandre Yersin, the first headmaster of HMU which was established in 1902 under the French name École de Médecine de l’Indochine, was inaugurated.

February 27 was designated as Vietnamese Doctors’ Day as it is the day when President Ho Chi Minh sent a letter to the health staff across the country.-VNA