The Hanoitimes – On February 25, Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan made a speech at the ceremony at Hanoi Medical University to mark Vietnamese Doctors’ Day (February 27). She stressed that caring for public health is a prioritised task and objective of the Party, the entire political system and each family.
February 27 was designated as Vietnamese Doctors’ Day as it is the day when President Ho Chi Minh sent a letter to the health staff across the country.
Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan has asked the Hanoi Medical University to pour more investment into laboratories and links with other hospitals in and outside the country to equip its future physicians with more practical knowledge and skills.
Hanoi Medical University should work harder to improve its teaching and learning methods, apply the world’s scientific achievements and state-of-the-art technologies, and train doctors who have both good professional qualifications and good medical ethics, Doan said.
The official hailed comprehensive achievements the health sector has recorded over the past 21 years, which, she said, have seen the marked contributions of the Hanoi Medical University and its hospital. As one of the country’s key educational facilities, HMU has become a reliable supplier of human resources for the health sector and a leading scientific centre nationwide, the Vice President noted.
On this occasion, a statue of French Doctor Alexandre Yersin, the first headmaster of HMU which was established in 1902 under the French name École de Médecine de l’Indochine, was inaugurated.
Visiting the Ministry of Health’s headquarters in Hanoi on February 25, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan praised the outstanding achievements made by doctors and physicians, saying that their services contribute to improving the health of the people. Thanks to the efforts of the health sector, many advanced technologies have been applied to medical examinations and treatments, the rate of qualified medical staff has increased and the number of people joining social insurance is improving, he noted.
He affirmed that the Front will continue working closely with the sector to implement its supervisory role related to social and health insurance in enterprises and legal execution of private medical establishments, as well as food safety. Nhan hoped medical staff would continue bettering their profession, promoting initiatives and creativity, further contributing to the nation’s development.
Congratulating medical workers on their day, he hailed the strong development of the sector over the past years, saying that this contributed to the country’s achievements, including realising millennium development goals (MDGs). He said that Vietnam’s health sector had reached many positive advancements with the health network at all levels becoming better and better.
Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien affirmed the sector’s determination to fully tap its strength and called for even greater attention by the two agencies on healthcare work going forward.