The Health Ministry in conjunction with the World Bank organised a workshop in Hanoi on October 23 to consult experts on a project to support the health sector in the Red River Delta and northeastern region.

Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said the project, with an estimated budget of 190 million USD, will help upgrade equipment at provincial-level hospitals, improve hospital management capacity and encourage people to buy health insurance.

District-level hospitals specialising in obstetrics, paediatrics, cancers, cardiology-vascular diseases and trauma will also benefit from the project.

Head of the Health Ministry’s Science-Finance Department, Dr. Pham Le Tuan said the plan also aims to help improve health condition of priority groups, including mothers, children, poor and ethnic minority people, through strengthening the quantity and quality of essential health care services.

The project will be implemented in 13 provinces between 2012 and 2018.

Vietnam is currently implementing five foreign-funded health support projects in the Central Highlands, the Mekong Delta, seven extremely disadvantaged northern mountainous provinces, northern central and southern central regions.-VNA