General Ngo Xuan Lich bestows the Fatherland Defence Order upon the Military Central Hospital 108 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Military Central Hospital 108 was granted the Fatherland Defence Order (first class) for its prominent performance over the past six and a half decades on April 1.

The presentation in Hanoi was attended by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, officials of central and local agencies, along with former Party and State leaders.

On behalf of the Central Military Committee, the Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, General Ngo Xuan Lich, appreciated efforts by the hospital’s staff in providing health care services, and researching and applying cutting-edge technologies in examination and treatment.

The hospital has also proactively geared up for natural disaster and even combat scenarios, he noted.

He asked the central infirmary to press ahead with creating a skillful and responsible staff for the sake of the community.

Major General Mai Hong Bang, Director of the hospital, said the facility was established on April 1, 1951, amidst the resistance war against France. It was then named the Yen Trach Central Hospital, based in Yen Trach commune of Phu Luong district, in the northern province of Thai Nguyen.

It was originally tasked with treating injured soldiers and senior officials, and as a training facility for medical workers.

Its staff members were also present in battlefields, such as the Dien Bien Phu Campaign in 1954, to provide treatment, while also serving as soldiers directly involved in the fighting.

Bang said the Military Central Hospital 108 has become one of the facilities taking the lead in researching and applying advanced treatment techniques.

The number of patients it serves has increased in recent years, exceeding 500,000 in 2015. While the mortality rate at the hospital has been reduced to 0.3 percent, it takes less than 10 days on average for the infirmary to nurse patients back to health, he added.-VNA