Public health care, improvement among top priorities of Vietnam: President


Hanoi: The Party and State always place people at the centre of development, and caring for and improving people’s health is one of the important tasks and top priorities of Vietnam’s development policy, President Vo Van Thuong has affirmed.

He made the remarks while addressing a programme held in Hanoi on February 26 to honour health workers and present awards of the sixth writing contest named ‘Unsung Sacrifice’ on the occasion of the 69th anniversary of the Vietnamese Doctors’ Day (February 27, 1955 – 2024).

Congratulating health workers nationwide on the day, President Thuong said that over the last 69 years, generations of health workers have made unceasing efforts to surmount countless difficulties and devote themselves to the care for, protection, and improvement of public health.

The health sector has obtained significant achievements to make breakthroughs in many specialised areas, help improve the stature and health of Vietnamese people, and greatly contribute to national development, thereby hel
ping the country become a bright spot in the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals and take firm steps towards the Sustainable Development Goals in the field of health care, he stated.

The State leader highlighted that the widespread healthcare system from the grassroots level now covers even remote, border, and maritime areas. Vietnam is among the best performers in reducing maternal and infant mortality rates while people’s health indexes have been improved considerably.

Besides, he added, low-income earners, ethnic minority people, children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities have been assisted to access medical services. The quality of health examination and treatment has been increasingly bettered. A number of epidemics and social diseases have been curbed and eradicated. People’s longevity has also been improved.

The President noted that many specialised medical advances have become sources of pride for Vietnam and been recognised in the world, opening a bright prospect for the trea
tment of fatal and rare diseases. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic hitting all countries around the world, health workers of Vietnam exerted utmost efforts to join the entire people in the disease combat.

The enormous contributions by the health sector have won recognition from the Party and State, respect and trust from people, and high evaluation from other countries in the region and the world, he went on.

In his speech, President Thuong also pointed out certain difficulties and challenges facing the sector such as fast population aging, complex changes of disease patterns, inappropriate policies for health workers, and overloading at higher-level hospitals.

Given this, the immediate task is to quickly perfect related policies and legal regulations, create a professional, safe, and favourable work environment for health workers, and encourage the innovative spirit. In addition, it is important to boost digital transformation, science – technology application, manpower training, transfer of techniques to lower
-level medical facilities, grassroots healthcare development, and preventive medicine, according to the leader.

He called on each health worker to sustain the love for their job, study and access new things, master in-depth and modern scientific and technical advances, and pay due attention to the training of following generations of health workers.

With their medical ethics, wisdom, talent, and big aspirations, health workers should set new visions and targets to help Vietnam’s health sector become one of the best in the region and the world, the President remarked.

At the programme, awards were presented to 15 entries shortlisted in the final round of the sixth ‘Unsung Sacrifice’ writing contest on the health sector./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

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