Bach Mai Hospital organises free health check-ups for 500 locals on the occasion of the inauguration of the outpatient department (Source: VNA)

Ha Nam (VNA) – The Health Ministry held a ceremony in Phu Ly city of northern Ha Nam province on October 21 to inaugurate outpatient departments of the new branches of Hanoi-based Bach Mai and Viet Duc hospitals.

Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam stressed that putting the outpatient departments into operation is just the first step. Therefore, the Health Ministry and relevant units need exert more efforts to fully inaugurate the new branches of the two hospitals as soon as possible.

These branches’ staff were asked to try their best in health check-ups and treatment to ensure the branches are as prestigious as the two hospitals in Hanoi.

The Deputy PM also urged the Health Ministry and relevant ministries and sectors to reform the administration of hospitals and health clinics, firstly major hospitals, to ensure the health care for all people, improve the quality of scientific research and the capacity of health experts to minimise the number of Vietnamese going abroad for treatment.

Construction on the two branches started on December 13, 2014. Both will meet international standards and become the most modern in Vietnam.

With a total area of 123,000 sq.m, Bach Mai hospital’s second facility will be built into a general hospital which specialises in treating cardiovascular, tumour and respiratory diseases, serving about 5,000 patients per day.

Meanwhile, Viet Duc hospital's branch, which has a total area of 125,000 sq.m, will work as a surgical centre treating brain and bone injuries, and rib-cage and spine injuries serving 3,500 patients per day.

These two new hospitals which are designed to have 1,000 patient beds each are part of a project to build five new central hospitals outside Hanoi, as approved by the government, in a bid to reduce overcrowding in existing ones.

Ha Nam has been chosen for the construction thanks to its location in the centre of provinces in the north and on the north-south route, which will facilitate the transport of patients from the north and central region to the hospitals. It is about 60km south of Hanoi.-VNA