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MoH looks to increase hospital beds

Released at: 07:21, 02/03/2015

MoH looks to increase hospital beds

Overcrowding to be addressed with five hospitals being constructed and opening in 2016-2017.

by Tue Lam

In recent months the Ministry of Health (MoH) has begun construction of a number of major public hospital projects.

At the end of 2014 MoH commenced building two central hospitals, including the second facilities of Viet Duc Hospital and Bach Mai Hospital, with 2,000 beds in total. Both have 1,000 beds and investment of VND5 trillion ($2.3 million) and are located in Phu Ly city, Ha Nam province.

The first stages are expected to be completed in February 2016 and officially come to operation in December 2017. Moreover, construction of a new Children’s Hospital has begun, with investment capital of VND4.5 trillion ($2.1 million) in Ho Chi Minh City.

MoH will also invest in two other hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City, including the Ho Chi Minh Oncology Hospital with 1,000 beds in District 9, and the 175 Military Hospital with 500 beds.

In recent times MoH has implemented a range of solutions to improve the quality of medical facilities throughout the country, especially the public hospital system. It is about to prepare plans for drug procurement and simplifying procedures in Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), with the aim of attracting more private investment in high technology for the health sector.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung previously approved investment of VND20 trillion ($952 million) in expanding and renovating the country’s public hospital system, to ease overcrowding and improve treatment quality.

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