Hospitals ensure quality health services during Tet hinh anh 1Hospitals in HCM City are ensuring quality health services during the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday (Photo courtesy of

Hanoi (VNS/VNA) –
Ho Chi Minh City's Department of Health Department has asked directors of public and private hospitals to ensure sufficient amount of medicine, equipment and staff during the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.

The department has assigned the 115 Emergency Aid Centre to assist in medical emergency cases while the city’s Preventive Medical Centre and district-level health centres will be responsible for monitoring potential epidemics and collaborate with the HCM City Food Safety Management Board to assure food safety.

Dr Nguyen Duy Long, director of the 115 Emergency Aid Centre, said the centre would assign eight ambulance cars on New Year’s Eve and five emergency crews to be available around the clock.

Prof. Dr. Nguyen Quoc Anh, director of Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi, said that during Tet, the number of patients receiving general check-ups usually declines compared to the number of people admitted for serious or emergency cases.

Doctors should take good care of every patient and must not refuse or delay any cases, he said.

Doctors should also be ready for the increasing number of poisoning and stroke cases during this time of the year, Anh added.

Meanwhile, Dr. Bui Vinh Quang, director of the Hanoi Oncology Hospital, said the hospital would offer free meals for certain patents who will be hospitalised during the Tet holiday period. – VNS/VNA