The Ho Chi Minh City Dermatology Hospital together with its French partner inaugurated a new leprosy treatment facility on March 4.

The three-storey building covering 1,600 sq.m of land was constructed at a cost of 28 billion VND (1.3 million USD) sourced from the municipal budget.

Nguyen Huu Hung, Vice Director of the city’s Health Department, said the establishment marks the 25-year collaboration between the hospital and Ordre de Malte (OMF), a French medical organisation.

The facility will help improve leprosy prevention and treatment in the country as well as consolidate the HCM City Dermatology Hospital’s position as a regional leprosy consultation centre, Hung added.

The Ho Chi Minh City Dermatology Hospital has also coordinated with the OMF to transfer medical techniques to medical workers in Laos and Cambodia and carry out free surgery for poor patients.

On the occasion, HCM City’s Health Department awarded certificates of merit to four French medical experts including OMF President Yann Baggio. The OMF also presented certificates of merits and medals to five doctors of the Ho Chi Minh City Dermatology Hospital.-VNA