Project helps improve medical service quality in north central localities

Saturday, 2017-08-19 04:52:44
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Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien addresses the event (Photo: suckhoedoisong.vn)
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NDO/VNA – A Ministry of Health’s project has helped to improve medical services in six north central provinces, particularly at district-level hospitals, heard a conference to review the project, held in Hanoi on August 18.

According to Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, the project, which targeted six provinces – Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue – also raised the coverage of health insurance in the localities to over 90 percent of all local residents.

In addition, the World Bank (WB)-funded project, which was launched in 2010, also assisted with developing human resources for the sector, raising the number of doctors in the community.

According to Minister Tien, the project has achieved nine out of ten set targets.

Ousmane Dione, WB Country Director in Vietnam, said that the project has enabled poor people in the localities to access quality medical services through supporting them in buying health care insurance, providing equipment and upgrading the infrastructure for district hospitals, as well as improving the capacity of local health care staff.

Under the project, 30 district hospitals have been upgraded and 30 health care centres have received equipment and support in personnel training.

More than 1,200 medical workers from the provinces received free training courses, while six medical colleges in the six provinces received modern teaching equipment, he noted.