Hanoi: St Paul hospital opens endoscopy centre hinh anh 1Delegates cut the ribbon to open a high-tech medical centre at Saint Paul Hospital in Hanoi on November 27. (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA)Saint Paul General Hospital on November 27 opened a high-tech medical centre that specialized in endoscopic surgery and digestive treatment for the people of Hanoi and neighbouring areas.

The centre, worth over 340 billion VND (15 million USD) has been built following European standards and will become the country’s leading endoscopic surgery facility, satisfying the increasing need for the examination and treatment of people, according to Nguyen Khac Hien, director of Hanoi’s Health Department.

The 2,800 sq.m centre has 12 consulting rooms, 10 patient rooms with 45 beds, four endoscopic diagnostic rooms and three surgery rooms. It has been equipped with state of the art medical facilities, including latest Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and CT scanners, for early detection of canners related to the digestive system, such as stomach and rectum cancers.

The centre will help reduce congestion in hospitals, while meeting people’s increasing demand for high quality services and minimizing the number of patients going abroad for cancer treatment, said Chairman of Hanoi’s People Committee Nguyen Duc Chung at the event.

The city has bought a digestive cancer screening system from Japan that can provide early detection of cancers of the digestive systems of people aged 40 and above. Patient will have to only pay 63,000 VND (2.8 USD) for a service fee each time, compared to 15 USD in Singapore or 26 USD in the US, said Chung.

The 320 tests-per-hour system could help in the early detection and treatment of cancer for thousands of patients as well as prevent cancer for 5,000-10,000 people each year in the city, he said.

He noted that Hanoi will also put in place a programme on the transference of techniques on screening and treating diseases for babies in the womb from 26 weeks and above, as part of a cooperative medical programme that will be signed soon between the city and Paris, France.-VNA