Prime Minister hails Cho Ray Hospital’s achievements hinh anh 1PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (third, right) presents a gift to Cho Ray Hospital. (Source: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has applauded Ho Chi Minh City-based Cho Ray Hospital for its efforts to apply technical advancements in medical check-up and treatment, as well as its renovations in management, especially self-finance mechanism.

He made the appraisal while visiting Cho Ray Hospital, one of the leading hospitals in the southern region, on February 24 on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of Vietnamese Doctors’ Day (February 27).

The PM said the number of 1.5 million people using Cho Ray Hospital’s services in 2017 has reflected its prestige, particularly in the southern region.

The leader used the occasion to call on doctors and health workers nationwide to overcome difficulties and limitations in order to better meet public demands for health care.

Greater efforts should be made to deal with shortcomings relating to medical ethics, patients overload in hospitals, antibiotic abuse, administrative reform, medical equipment and medicine management, and security and safety in hospitals, he stressed.

PM Phuc urged the health sector to review, amend and supplement suitable mechanisms and policies to encourage different economic sectors to invest in health care, thus helping improve the quality of medical check-up and treatment.

Established in 1900, Cho Ray Hospital was one of the first public hospitals nationwide to establish a self-mechanism in 2010.  Cho Ray Hospital is one of the four health centres recognised as special hospital, together with Vietnam-Germany Hospital and Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi, and Hue Central Hospital in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.

With 4,000 staff, the hospital admitted patients from 23 southern cities and provinces. During the recent Tet holiday, which lasted from February 14-20, it received nearly 2,200 patients.

In 2017, Cho Ray Hospital recorded noted achievements, including the adoption of a robot-assisted system to perform complex minimally invasive surgery.
This is the third hospital in Vietnam that has applied the most advanced medical technology, according to Luong Ngoc Khue, head of the Ministry of Health’s Medical Examination and Treatment Department.

Doctors at Cho Ray Hospital also successfully performed organ transplants for four patients from an 18-year-old girl rendered brain-dead by a traffic accident.
It is the first time that Cho Ray Hospital doctors have performed a heart transplant and the second time they were doing a liver transplant, thanks to technology transfer from the Viet Duc Hospital in Hanoi, a leading institution for surgery in Vietnam, and the Republic of Korea (RoK)’s ASAN Medical Centre.

The same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited Tam Duc Cardiology Hospital in HCM City.-VNA