President urges better public healthcare

Tuesday, 2017-02-28 11:11:30
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President Tran Dai Quang and notable health workers
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NDO/VNA - President Tran Dai Quang has urged the health sector to continue reforms to provide better healthcare to all in Vietnam.

Speaking at a meeting to celebrate Vietnam Physicians’ Day on February 27, the State leader praised the efforts of doctors, pharmacists and health workers in the cause of healthcare in the country in past few years.

“The health sector has made many efforts to meet the increasing demand of public healthcare and protection in recent years, contributing to the country’s socio-economic development and international integration,” said he.

“The healthcare system, from the central to the local levels, especially at the grassroots level, has been established and consolidated while the development of preventive medicine has helped control and eliminate many diseases and epidemics,” he added.

Medical services have been diversified while the quality of services has been improved. Many modern and high-tech medical facilities have been built nationwide. Many new advanced techniques have been transferred to health workers at the district and commune levels, easing overloads at central-level hospitals.

Quang said that the Party and Government have considered healthcare one of the top priorities in the country’s development.

He suggested the health sector focus on strengthening food safety and hygiene; improving healthcare for mothers and children, especially people of ethnic minority backgrounds; putting forward medical research and using advances in science and technology for public healthcare and protection.

Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said that the health sector has implemented various measures to reform financial mechanisms, improve the quality of medical services, reduce congestion at hospitals and increase patients’ satisfaction.

“Vaccination rates for children under one and pregnant women in the National Expanded Programme on Immunisation have passed 90% and more than 10 million children have been given vaccines against transmittable diseases every year in the country,” said Tien.

The minister said that by the end of 2016, the health insurance coverage rate had hit 81.7% of the country’s population, exceeding the target set by the National Assembly and the Government. Many new medical facilities have been built, contributing to easing hospital overloading and improving the quality of medical services.

134 doctors and health workers nationwide were conferred the title of People’s Physician on the occasion of Vietnam Physicians’ Day.