Vietnam works to improve healthcare network

20/05/2015
Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien
Efforts made by Vietnam to renovate its health care system were highlighted during a speech delivered by Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien at the opening ceremony of the 68th session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva taking place from May 18-26.
During her remarks, Tien said Vietnam, a low-middle income country with a population of over 90 million, has achieved good health outcome indicators from the millennium development goals, above a number of countries with similar per capita incomes.
Grassroots healthcare networks have constantly been invested in and developed. All communes have health centres—60% of which have medical doctors—and all villages have health workers, she noted, adding that Vietnam is striving to achieve health insurance coverage rate of 75% in late 2015 and 80% in 2020.
Recently, Vietnam joined the global health security system pilot and made significant progress in public health emergency preparedness and response. Through substantial efforts, Vietnam has successfully controlled emerging diseases and pandemics such as SARS and the avian flu, Tien reported.
She shared that Vietnam has enacted various policies in a bid to foster a more resilient health system, focusing on health finance reform, investment in infrastructure and human resource development.
The government is subsidising health insurance premiums for the poor, near-poor, ethnic minorities, children under 6 and people living in disadvantaged areas as well as encouraging private investment and public-private partnership (PPP) in infrastructure and hi-tech medical equipment. Administrative procedures in healthcare have been made more transparent to satisfy the general population.
Vietnam has effectively used domestic and official development assistance resources to increase investment in modern hospitals at the tertiary and grassroots levels. As a result, nearly 800 new district and central hospitals and hundreds of commune-level health centres have opened, improving universal access to high-quality health services.
The country has also focused on developing human resources in the sector by improving the quality of medical training for health workers and birth attendances, especially in mountainous areas, and promoting development of traditional medicine.
Meanwhile, Vietnam has successfully employed advanced procedures such as organ transplants, stem cell transplants and endoscopy robots. Currently, 12 vaccines for the expanded immunisation program are domestically-produced.
In an interview with the Vietnam News Agency, Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said one of the highlights of the WHO’s assessment of Vietnam's national regulatory system for vaccines was being recognised for meeting international standards.


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Phạm Hiếu 20/5/15 12:36

Vietnam has achieved levels in basic health indicators that are remarkably better than other developing countries with similar or even higher per capita incomes.

Quốc Kiên 20/5/15 12:37

Much of this achievement has been the result of widespread practices of promoting social solidarity and a relatively egalitarian distribution of wealth and income.

Huy Lâm 20/5/15 12:37

nother factor that has contributed to good levels of health status by such a poor country is a health system that has wide population coverage with many modem and cost-effective disease control interventions and primary health care services delivered through an extensive grassroots health services network.

Quốc Cường 20/5/15 12:38

Public investments and recurrent budget support for the grassroots health network are being given priority attention.

Lê Tín 20/5/15 12:38

These efforts are expected to yield gains in terms of further reductions in morbidity and mortality from preventable causes through more effective disease prevention, health promotion, and appropriate early treatment at the household, village, commune and district levels.

Hùng Quân 20/5/15 12:39

Even as large health gains are expected from anticipated improvements in community health, large numbers of sick patients still require higher level clinical care for which public hospitals remains the almost exclusive provider.

Vân Nhàn 20/5/15 12:40

A voluntary donation recruitment program, based on public education campaigns, and organizing blood collection sessions, focused on retaining donors that meet screening standards.

Hoàng Lân 20/5/15 12:41

The key objectives of the health sector, according to this strategic plan, are: improved health status, as reflected by morbidity, and mortality reductions; greater access to public health services, especially the poor; and, increased quality, and cost-effectiveness of health services.

Huy Quốc 20/5/15 12:42

How can public spending be oriented to meet the strategic objectives of the Ministry of Health

Quân Hoàng 20/5/15 12:43

Expected outputs include an invigorated partnership with the Ministries of Finance and Planning and Investment, new skills and capacities, and revised thinking along with findings and proposals relating to the focus and modalities of central government health policy.

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