The health sector of Hau Giang province was established in January 2004 under very difficult conditions, with shortages of medical professionals and outdated medical equipment. With the support and leadership of the Provincial Party Committee and the Provincial People's Committee, over the past 18 years, the sector has been gradually improved in all aspects to meet the increasing demand of the people for health care and protection.
After 18 years of development, the organizational model of the health system has basically been completed and the healthcare network has been consolidated from the province to the grassroots level. The health sector currently has more than 2,853 public employees, including 546 doctors (8.73 doctors per 10,000 residents). All communes have doctors and all communes and wards meet national criteria for public health.
The healthcare system in the province has undergone a facelift in facilities and equipment, capable of serving 1.5 million medical examinations and treatments a year, 38,947 inpatients. At present, the province has 2,615 hospital beds, or 35.3 beds per 10,000 residents.
Notably, in 2017, Hau Giang province completed the target of 100% of commune clinics meeting national health criteria (three years ahead of the plan adopted by the Ministry of Health), giving a helping hand to the fulfillment of health criteria in the new countryside construction program. By the end of 2018, most medical facilities were invested for new construction or upgraded, including complete medical waste treatment systems (100% of district-level medical facilities and 64 out of 76 commune clinics). This is considered a prerequisite to effectively provide primary healthcare for people. Currently, Hau Giang has three second-class medical facilities (Hau Giang General Hospital, Nga Bay General Hospital and Long My Medical Center), and three specialized hospitals (Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital, Psychiatric - Dermatology Hospital and Lung Hospital) and eight district medical centers. The investment in construction and equipment procurement has increased significantly, with a lot of basic and modern equipment, to meet examination, diagnosis and treatment requirements of patients. Since then, this has helped create a new spacious and synchronous look for all medical facilities, especially Hau Giang General Hospital which has been equipped with CT scanners, MRI machines, artificial kidney dialysis machines, 3D and 4D ultrasound machines, endoscopes and other equipment, to deliver more effective diagnosis and treatment to patients. Many new and high-tech techniques have been deployed and professional quality has been gradually raised. In particular, “improving hospital quality” program and health workers’ awareness raising campaign, aimed for better attitude and service to patients, along with medical infrastructure construction, has contributed to enhancing service quality and increasing patient satisfaction.
In preventive medicine, many indicators are good. 99% of children under one year old are given full vaccination (12 vaccines). About 10% of children under five years old suffer from malnutrition. Given that the COVID-19 epidemic has developed complicatedly since 2020, under the strong leadership and direction of the Provincial Party Committee and the Provincial People's Committee, with the determination of all tiers of authorities, the Steering Board for Epidemic Prevention has focused on directing implementation of epidemic prevention and control measures in a positive and effective manner, thus basically controlling the epidemic in the province. Hau Giang province's health sector has also gradually modernized its equipment; strengthened information technology application in many fields, from preventive medicine to medical examination and treatment, to gradually catch up with digital transformation trends.
Mr. Nguyen Thanh Tung, Director of Hau Giang Department of Health, said, in the coming time, the health sector will strive for fair, effective and modern health service; improve health service quality to meet the rising demand for healthcare, protection and enhancement; reduce morbidity and mortality, increase life expectancy and raise population quality to meet industrialization and modernization requirements.
Source: Vietnam Business Forum