The Mekong Delta aims for training over 7,000 doctors and 3,000 pharmacists by 2020 in a bid to meet the demand for the health care service in the area, said the Southwestern Steering Committee.

The Can Tho University of Medicine and Pharmacy has opened additional six post-graduate majors in the 2014-15 academic year.

The university is now home to more than 1,000 postgraduates in different majors, Rector Pham Van Linh said, adding that it has adjusted training methods, strengthened scientific research activities, organised symposiums to share local and international experience to ensure the quality of graduates.

In 2013 and 2014, the university provided training for over 2,830 post-graduates, close to 1,800 of them have graduated.

Meanwhile, Mien Tay School in Can Tho city also offered more training services.

In a similar move, Can Tho Medical Colledge targeted to train more than 600 students in the 2014-15 academic year while enhancing cooperation with international educational institutions from Japan, Australia, Hungary and Ireland.

Director of the Can Tho City Department of Health, Bui Thi Le Phi said the city attaches importance to developing a contingent of high-quality health workers to meet the increasing need of the community.

The locality also encourages the involvement of different sectors in the work, she added.-VNA