A medical worker tends to a child patient (Photo: VNA)

Can Tho (VNA) – The pediatrics hospital of Can Tho city has become the most modern of its kind in the Mekong Delta after its upgraded facilities were inaugurated on April 25.

The 500-bed hospital, located in Ninh Kieu district, was upgraded at a cost of 861 billion VND (38.7 million USD). It now covers nearly 14,000 sq.m. with a total floor area of about 44,000 sq.m.

The hospital, encompassing 20 clinical and paraclinical departments, will help improve check-up and treatment quality and ease the overloading at other pediatrics hospitals in big cities, Director of the municipal Department of Health Bui Thi Le Phi said.

In the past, it housed 350 patient beds and 16 departments and had to struggle to meet the examination and treatment demand in the Mekong Delta. The infirmary receives up to 60 percent of child patients in the region every year.

The Can Tho Hospital of Pediatrics, founded in 1979, is the only one specialising in treating children’s diseases in the Mekong Delta at present.

At the inauguration, Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien asked the hospital to boost its staff’s capacity of handling surgeries, neurological disorders, inborn deformities, heart diseases and hereditary illnesses.-VNA