HCMC – HCMC-based Nguyen Tri Phuong Hospital on Tuesday opened its new facility with 300 beds to ease overload that has existed for many years.
City’s hospital opens new facility to ease overload
By Hien Nguyen - The Saigon Times Daily
Patients are waiting for checkups at Nguyen Tri Phuong Hospital's new facility which was opened on Tuesday - Photo: Nguyen Tinh HCMC – HCMC-based Nguyen Tri Phuong Hospital on Tuesday opened its new facility with 300 beds to ease overload that has existed for many years.
The new facility, developed at a cost of VND45 billion sourced from the city’s budget and the Government’s stimulus fund, is comprised of a checkup zone with 30 rooms and in-patient zone with 300 beds.
Nguyen Thi Hung, director of the hospital, said at the opening ceremony on Tuesday that the new facility would help improve treatment quality and ease overloading at his decades-old hospital that has been deteriorated.
“The new facility with 300 beds will help ease the overloading and improve the quality of checkup and treatment,” he said.
According to Hung, the old hospital had been upgraded since 1999 with 500 beds able to accommodate 2,000 patients a day. However, it normally provides checkup and treatment to 3,000 people a day.
Nguyen Van Chau, director of HCMC’s Health Department, said at the event that overloading is now widespread and is a big problem for the city’s health sector, particularly at State-owned hospitals. He attributed the problem to backward and deteriorating facilities and a shortage of fund for upgrade.
Currently, Vietnam has 18 beds per 10,000 people compared to the global average rate of 25 beds per 10,000 people, according to the Health Ministry.
To ease the situation, the HCMC government this year planned to spend VND2.2 trillion for the health care sector, but the disbursement rate has remained low due to complicated investment procedures and foot-dragging project evaluation. Last year, the city spent a mere VND110 billion on 91 health projects.
The Ministry of Health said the annual health care expenditure accounts for 5-6% of the country’s total GDP, averaging out at an estimated US$45 per capita a year.