PM lauds silent contributions of doctors to public health care hinh anh 1PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc visits Bach Mai General Hospital on the occasion of Vietnamese Doctors' Day. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on February 26 applauded silent contributions of doctors and health workers from central to grassroots levels to public health care on the occasion of Vietnamese Doctors’ Day (February 27).

While visiting the Hanoi-based Bach Mai General Hospital, the leader extended his greetings to medical staff of the hospital and the health sector in general.

He praised the development of the medical sector in all spheres over the past 64 years since the day was designated, with the number of doctors and nurses increasing from only 300 in 1954 to 460,000 at present, and 14,000 health facilities nationwide.

The PM also lauded Bach Mai hospital’s growth as well as its contributions to the national medical sector during its nearly-110-year history.

He urged the hospital to take the lead in reforming administrative procedures, applying modern technologies and improving medical services, aiming to become a leading hospital in the region in a near future.

The leader asked the hospital and the entire medical sector to make the best use of investment resources, suggesting Bach Mai focus on developing spearhead services, meeting diverse health demands of the public and reducing the cases of overseas medical treatment of Vietnamese.

Besides, it is necessary to promptly put into opeation branches of the Bach Mai General Hospital and the Vietnam-Germany Hospital in order to ease hospital overload, PM Phuc said.

Since its inception in 1911, Bach Mai has become the largest hospital in the north, with more than 3,000 beds and 3,000-strong staff. It serves some 160,000 inpatients and nearly 2 million outpatients each year.-VNA