Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (centre) presents the "Hero of the People’s Armed Forces” certificate to Military Central Hospital 108 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The “Hero of the People’s Armed Forces” title was bestowed upon the Hanoi-based Military Central Hospital 108, one of the five special nationwide hospitals, for a second time on December 17.

The hospital’s predecessor, Sub-Institute 8, was founded in 1951 and tasked with caring for the health of senior officials, injured soldiers, and residents in the area. It was renamed Army Medical Institute 108 in 1956.

In 1985, the institute received the title “Hero of the People’s Armed Forces in the resistance war against the US”.

The hospital is now comprised of 104 subordinate units and 57 clinical departments, staffed with 640 doctors. The staff have mastered medical techniques comparable to regional and international standards.

Notably, the hospital has succeeded in multi-organ transplantation, such as transplanting stem cells, bone marrow, cornea, kidney, and liver. Earlier this year, it successfully carried out the first lung transplant from a brain-dead donor in Vietnam.

At the ceremony, on behalf of the Party and State leaders, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc presented the “Hero of the People’s Armed Forces” title to Military Central Hospital 108.

He spoke highly of the hospital’s development direction that has focused on improving service quality, diversifying forms of medical examination and treatment, and promoting the capacity of its staff to turn itself into an international-standard smart hospital.

On this occasion, the PM also cut the ribbon to inaugurate the hospital’s central building complex, which is the most modern medical facility in Vietnam. With two 22-storey buildings and one of 10 storeys, the complex has a total of 2,000 beds which can be increased to 4,000 beds in emergency cases.

Military Central Hospital 108 examines about 4,000-5,000 patients each day. It has provided medical services for nearly 1 million patients so far this year. –VNA