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Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has asked the Health Ministry to direct the progress of constructing branches of Hanoi-based Viet Duc and Bach Mai hospitals, which are located in the northern province of Ha Nam.

Construction on the two branches started on December 13, 2014. Both will meet international standards and become the most modern in Vietnam. Each sits on a site of 21ha and is slated for operation in late 2017.

Deputy PM requested the ministry to make monthly reports on construction progress to submit to the Prime Minister.

The ministry is told to direct thorough preparations for the two new buildings and to devise an autonomous management mechanism that combines accountability, openness and transparency.

The Ministries of Finance, Construction, Planning and Investment, Natural Resources and Environment, and the provincial People’s Committee should report to the Prime Minister in case of any contingency outside their jurisdiction.

Bach Mai hospital’s second facility will be built into a general hospital which specialises in treating cardiovascular, tumour and respiratory diseases, serving about 5,000 patients per day.

Meanwhile, Viet Duc hospital'branch will work as a surgical centre treating brain and bone injuries, and rib-cage and spine injuries serving 3,500 patients per day.

These two new hospitals are part of a project to build five new central hospitals outside of Hanoi, as approved by the government, in a bid to reduce overcrowding in existing ones.

Ha Nam has been chosen for the construction thanks to its location in the centre of provinces in the north and on the north-south route, which will facilitate the transport of patients from the north and central region to the hospitals.-VNA