(VOV) - Bach Mai Hospital held a meeting to celebrate its 100th anniversary and received the First-Class Independence Order on February 26.
Present at the meeting were Politburo member and standing member of the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee, Truong Tan Sang, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan, representatives from ministries and the hospital’s doctors and staff.
Mr Sang praised the hospital’s achievements in recent years and affirmed that its development demonstrates the strong development of the socialist medicine and the correctness of the Party and late President Ho Chi Minh’s policies for healthcare.
Nguyen Quoc Anh, Director of Bach Mai Hospital reviewed the history of the hospital’s development. It has grown from a small clinic centre to become the country’s leading hospital with two research institutes, seven medical centres, and 38 departments with a staff of more than 2,000 doctors, and nurses and 1,900 beds.
The hospital always fulfills tasks set by the Ministry of Health to provide better healthcare services and train key doctors for local hospitals across the country. In 2003, it was instrumental in helping Vietnam become the first country in the world to contain the SARS epidemics. The hospital provides treatment to nearly 90,000 patients as well as more than 500,000 outpatients every year.
Thanks to the use of modern technologies, the number of fatalities was reduced by half in 2010 (0.48 percent) compared to 2000.
As the country’s leading hospital, it is currently implementing a series of measures to improve the quality of treatment to meet the increasing demands of patients.
On behalf of the Party and State, Mr Sang presented the First-Class Independence Order to the hospital.
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan also conferred the third-class Independence Order to the hospital’s Trade Union and first, second, and third-class Labour Orders to 37 individuals and organizations, and presented the Prime Minister’s Certificates of Merits to 14 units.