The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on September 21 officially inaugurated a new 500-bed hospital which is hoped to help improve medical treatment as well as healthcare services in the region.

Le Hong Anh, Political Bureau member and standing member of Party Central Committee’s Secretariat, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

With an investments of 850 billion VND (40.476 million USD), the ten-storey hospital has 18 clinical, five paraclinical departments and 8 functional rooms.

A 19.5 million EUR loan from the Republic of France’s official development assistance (ODA) was used to purchase modern medical equipment for the hospital.

The Can Tho General Hospital is a key project in the government’s plan to develop the national medical network by 2020 with the aim of furthering competence and quality in health care sector.

According to Le Hung Dung, Chairman of Can Tho’s People’s Committee, the city is leading the Mekong Delta region in terms of health care with an average 10,55 doctors and 29.51 hospital beds for every 10,000 residents.-VNA