The Prime Minister has given the green light for building Cho Ray Hospital No 2 in HCM City with funding from ODA (official development assistance) loans from Japan.

The 1,000-bed hospital, to be located on a 7ha area in Le Minh Xuan commune in Binh Chanh district, is meant to ease the overload on existing public hospitals.

The hospital, to be also called Vietnam–Japan Friendship Hospital, is estimated to cost 4 trillion VND (287.9 million USD).

The PM has instructed the Ministries of Planning and Investment, Finance and Health to complete procedures for its construction.

Last September the city People's Committee had ordered relevant authorities to wrap up formalities and speed up site clearance for the project.

The city Department of Transport was ordered to develop infrastructure and connect the proposed location with provincial road 10.

The existing Cho Ray Hospital, founded and named Hospital Municipal de Cholon by the French in 1900, is located in District 5.

The 2,400-bed facility was renamed Cho Ray Hospital in 1957.

Between 1971 and 1974, with non-refundable aid from Japan, the Sai Gon regime built Cho Ray Hospital into an 11-storey facility on a 53,000sq.m area, making it the most modern hospital in Southeast Asia at the time.-VNA