Taking care for children at Children's hospital No.1, Ho Chi Minh City.
However, some challenges and difficulties still remain so the healthcare sector must join hands with relevant agencies and take urgent measures to overcome them.
In recent years, diseases have tended to develop unpredictably. A widespread epidemic of hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD) was seen in many localities nationwide, infecting more than 110,000 people and resulting in 116 deaths in 2011. Even during the last week of the year, 1,548 new cases have been recorded in 53 cities and provinces.
The lack of effective prevention measures and poor public awareness are considered the main causes for the spread of the disease.
The central province of Ninh Thuan has become the first locality in Vietnam to wipe out HFMD. The province mobilised all its resources for both prevention and treatment, and increased local awareness of the disease.
The preventive medicine system should step forward to protect and improve the health of the Vietnamese people. However, capital investment and State budget allocations for preventative health services are still low and do not meet the increasing demand for prevention services.
Overloaded hospitals, particularly in big cities, have also become a pressing issue for the health sector.
The sector has implemented a number of measures to help solve the problem, such as building more hospitals to increase the number of patient beds, increasing the capacity of medical workers, promoting innovative administrative procedures, and improving financial mechanisms for health check-ups and treatments.
These comprehensive measures by the public health sector are expected to produce a breakthrough in protecting and caring for people’s health in the future.