Ho Chi Minh City has provided assistance worth 30 billion VND (1.4 million USD) to the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien to help the locality hasten the construction of a general hospital in Muong Ang district, which has halted due to a shortage of funds.

A ceremony was held in the district on March 11 to resume construction of the project as part of activities to mark the 60 th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory on May 7 .

The project was approved by the provincial People’s Committee as far back as December 2009. It was projected to be built at a total cost of 96 billion VND from governmental bond sources.

HCM City’s assistance is expected to help the province complete the first period of the project, including facilities for medical examination, outpatient treatment, emergency aid and a waste treatment zone.
The 60-bed hospital is scheduled to be opened in 2015.

Speaking at the ceremony, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Committee underlined the significance of the support, saying that the project will contribute to meeting the increasing demand of healthcare services and further cementing ties between the two localities.-VNA