HCM City uses more modern treatments hinh anh 1A doctor uses stem cells to treat patient at Van Hanh hospital in HCM City. (Photo: tuoitre.vn)

HCM City (VNA) –
District-level hospitals in HCM City are now using more advanced techniques and treatment, often performing at a level that matches city-level hospitals.

The Thu Duc District Hospital, which is considered only the district-level hospital in HCM City with the same quality as city-level hospitals, has successfully performed for the first time the non-surgical treatment, transarterial chemoembolization (TACE), on a patient with a malignant liver tumour.

The 58-year-old patient was hospitalised and diagnosed on May 12. During TACE, the doctors injected a chemotherapy medication into the patient’s liver through a catheter inserted into a femoral artery to prevent the development of the cancerous tumour.

The procedure was carried out with a digital subtraction angiography machine worth more than 26 billion VND (1.2 million USD), which the hospital bought in early May.

“When people benefit from high-tech healthcare services at the hospital where they live, they won’t need to go to city- or central-level hospitals, which are faced with patient overload, causing delays in treatment,” said Dr Nguyen Minh Quan, Head of Thu Duc Hospital.

He said the hospital can now offer all available therapies for patients with liver cancer.

Quan said that TACE was one of several high-tech treatments which the hospital has used for patients not only in Thu Duc District but for those who live in nearby provinces such as Binh Duong and Dong Nai.

The city’s Department of Health said that more patients were seeking treatment at HCM City’s district hospitals because of improvements made in recent years.

The number of insured patients at Thu Duc Hospital in January increased by nearly 6.6 percent after one month of implementing a regulation that took effect on January 1 that allowed insured patients to choose any district hospital or private health facility in their home locality.

Last year, a quality assessment conducted by the Health Department’s council for quality control showed that Thu Duc Hospital was the only district hospital that scored four out of the maximum five points on a scale that measures the quality of hospitals.

The score was similar to city-level hospitals like Paediatric Hospital No.1 and 2, Tu Du Obstetrics Hospital, Hospital for Hematology and Blood Transfusion and Traditional Medical Institute.

Doctors at Thu Duc Hospital also offer training to doctors who work at ward health centres in Thu Duc District.-VNA