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Hospital projects in HCMC’s gateway areas yet to be approved
By Hoang Nhung
Monday,  Sep 24, 2018,19:44 (GMT+7)

Hospital projects in HCMC’s gateway areas yet to be approved

By Hoang Nhung

An artist’s impression of the new Cu Chi General Hospital - PHOTO: CU CHI GENERAL HOSPITAL

HCMC – While hospitals in the downtown area of HCMC are overloaded, three projects to upgrade general hospitals in the city’s outlying districts of Hoc Mon, Cu Chi and Thu Duc have yet to be approved.

According to a report by the municipal government on the city’s socioeconomic performance, defense and security and budget allocation in the January-August period, the progress of key projects in the medical sector has remained slow.

The city government has submitted prefeasibility reports for the three projects to the prime minister and the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

Since 2007, the HCMC government has asked the Department of Health to develop Thu Duc, Cu Chi and Hoc Mon general hospitals into grade 1 hospitals with 1,000 beds each. The capital for these projects can be sourced from the city’s budget or from foreign and private investors.

In early 2015, procedures for these projects were amended in line with the Law on Public Investment. Since then, these projects have yet to be executed due to obstacles hindering site clearance work and capital mobilization.

Meanwhile, HCMC Oncology Hospital must operate at 170% capacity while four to seven children at Children’s Hospital No.1 have to share a bed.

According to a plan to develop the HCMC healthcare sector by 2020 with a vision toward 2025, the city has focused on developing its healthcare facilities. The medical examination department of City Children’s Hospital has been put into operation, serving 1,000 child patients per day. In addition, a branch of HCMC Oncology Hospital in District 9 has been recognized as meeting international standards.

At the HCMC People’s Council meeting in mid-May, the municipal Department of Heath proposed the council ask the Binh Chanh site clearance and compensation committee to promptly compensate households affected by the Tan Kien medical cluster project and the project to develop a new HCMC traumatology and orthopedics hospital in the district.

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