Construction of a new Central Tropical Disease Hospital started on December 19 in Dong Anh district, Hanoi.

Addressing the groundbreaking ceremony, Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said the current Tropical Disease Hospital, a first class central speciality hospital, was overloaded with its operations limited to a 2,000 sq.m area in Bach Mai Hospital campus.

The new hospital will resolve the problem and improve treatment quality for contagious and tropical diseases.

The minister called for improving hospital staff quality and quantity once the move to the new location takes place.

The first phase of the new hospital’s construction will be implemented in the 2013-2015 period to provide 500 beds for the sick.

The new hospital will cover 58,000 square metres and will include a main building, a nutrition faculty, anti-infection houses, and other auxiliary works.-VNA