|The health center of Truong Sa township__Photo: VNA|
The Prime Minister has recently approved the Program on healthcare development in sea areas and island districts through 2030, in an attempt to improve the quality of medical services for soldiers and residents there.
Under Decision 658/QD-TTg dated June 8, by 2025, 40 percent of hospitals and medical centers in island districts will be able to perform surgical techniques like class-2 hospitals, while 70 percent of disease control centers and medical centers of districts, towns and provincial cities, and military preventive health facilities in coastal provinces will be upgraded to perform their healthcare tasks in sea areas and on islands. Those figures are expected to reach 70 percent and 100 percent, respectively, by 2030.
The Program also targets to have 70 percent of offshore fishing vessels equipped with medicine cabinets and medical tools, and 80 percent of ocean-going ships complying with international regulations on assurance of healthcare in marine areas. Meanwhile, some 80 percent of island residents will be provided with knowledge about healthcare, and trained in skills for first aid and transport of accident victims to emergency centers. All of the aforesaid figures are set to reach 100 percent within the subsequent five years.
In order to achieve the set targets, the master plan puts forward several solutions including strengthening the preventive healthcare capacity and improving the medical examination and treatment capacity of health establishments in sea areas and on islands.
It is also requested to develop a contingent of healthcare workers and intensify the public communication and education about healthcare for residents in these areas.- (VNA/VLLF)