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National program approved for better maritime healthcare

By 2030, all of provincial and municipal disease control centers, health centers of cities, towns and districts, and military preventive health facilities in the coastal provinces will be invested and upgraded, to fully perform their tasks on sea and islands.

National program approved for better maritime healthcare
By 2030, all of provincial and municipal disease control centers, health centers of cities, towns and districts, and military preventive health facilities in the coastal provinces will be invested and upgraded, to fully perform their tasks on sea and islands.

By 2030, all of provincial and municipal disease control centers, health centers of cities, towns and districts, and military preventive health facilities in the coastal provinces will be invested and upgraded, to fully perform their tasks on sea and islands.

Seventy percent of hospitals and medical centers in island districts will be able to perform surgical operations using the techniques like those of a Level-2 hospital.

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The Truong Sa town medical center__Photo: VNA

Such are provided in Decision No. 658/QD-TTg dated June 8, approving the national program on sea and island medical development by 2030.

The program aims at consolidating and improving the quality of medical services for soldiers and residents in island localities, contributing to achieving targets set in the Strategy for Sustainable Development of Vietnam’s Sea-based Economy by 2030, with a vision toward 2045.

The Decision sets the target that by 2025, 70 percent of the offshore fishing boats will be equipped with medicine cabinets and medical tools, and 80 percent of ocean-going ships will follow international regulations on maritime medicine. Some 80 percent of the island residents will also be equipped with knowledge and skills of health care. All of the figures are set to rise to 100 percent after five years.

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An operation performance at the Truong Sa town medical center__Photo: VNA

To that end, the program has set out major solutions: (i) enhancing the leadership and instruction over maritime medicine; (ii) strengthening preventive healthcare capacity in sea and island areas; (iii) improving medical check-up and treatment capacity; (iv) raising first-aid and patient transportation capacity; (v) developing a contingent of health workers for sea and island areas; (vi) building specific norms and standards for maritime medicine; and (vii) stepping up the communications work and health education for island residents.

Regulations and plans on coordination between emergency centers of such coastal localities as Hai Phong, Da Nang, Khanh Hoa and Ba Ria-Vung Tau, and maritime search and rescue centers, naval force, coast guards and border guards will be outlined. Naval force, coast guards, border guards and search and rescue ships will also get medical equipment, according to the Decision.Theo Vietnam Law & Legal Forum

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