President Tran Dai Quang (R) presents Labour Order, first class, to Associate Professor Doctor Nguyen Quoc Anh, Director of Bach Mai Hospital (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang extended greetings to doctors, health workers of the health sector while attending a ceremony marking the 63rd anniversary of Vietnamese Doctors’ Day (February 27) held at Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi on February 26.

The President expressed his gratitude to doctors and health workers of the sector and Bach Mai Hospital in particular, and highlighted their contributions over the past years.

He said that amidst the extensive industrialisation, modernisation and international integration process, Vietnam has faced numerous challenges in health care, including the risks of environmental pollution and epidemics.

At the same time, the demand for caring, protecting and enhancing people’s health is increasing and diverse, causing the rising pressure to the sector, he said.

President Tran Dai Quang asked the sector and Bach Mai Hospital to focus on reforming to show better performance in giving health care services, personnel training, scientific research, epidemic prevention, international cooperation and economic management, with the aim of improving the quality of health care services.

At the same time, the sector should pay greater attention to developing in-depth techniques, expanding the satellite hospital network, training and transferring technology to hospitals at local levels, thus easing the overload situation in hospitals, he said.

The President stressed the need for close coordination between civil and military medicine for better caring for people’s health in border, island, remote and poor areas, along with the stronger application of science and advanced technologies in check-up, treatment and disease prevention.

He said he hopes doctors and health workers will promote their responsibility and ethics in caring for people’s health.

The State leader also asked the Ministry of Health and relevant agencies to create optimal conditions for Bach Mai Hospital to become the country’s leading centre for health care services, training and research.

Establishing in 1911, Bach Mai is one of the biggest hospitals in Vietnam.

At the ceremony, President Tran Dai Quang presented Labour Order, second class, to the hospital, and Labour Order, first class, to Associate Professor Doctor Nguyen Quoc Anh, Director of the hospital.-VNA