Public participation in health enhanced

Thursday, 25/09/2014, 09:22 [GMT+7]

Public participation in health enhanced

In recent years, some second-class and third-class hospitals in Khanh Hoa Province have allowed community involvement in some medical equipment and services, helping to promote healthcare quality.

Cam Ranh General Hospital has just installed multi-slice CT (MSCT) scanners under a series of public participation schemes on medical equipment and services between the hospital and some local companies. Dr. Nguyen Hong Quang, Director of Cam Ranh General Hospital says the hospital has 255 beds with an inpatient bed occupancy rate of over 100%.

Digital radiography at Cam Ranh General Hospital.


The hospital has strived to be upgraded into Khanh Hoa’s first-class hospital by 2020. Therefore, infrastructures need to be improved and thus public participation in medical devices for diagnosis and treatment is essential to raise heath care quality.

The DR/FPD technology digital X-ray system has provided high definition image quality and thus enabled to upgrade the existing conventional X-ray system. Other advantages have included time efficiency through bypassing chemical processing; the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images; and less radiation used to produce an image of similar contrast to conventional radiography.

In addition, under public participation schemes, rehabilitation equipment has been installed together with 14 customized beds in air-conditioned rooms with water heaters, fridges and televisions in the obstetrics, cardiology and pediatrics wards.

In the recent 5 years, Ninh Hoa General Hospital has added modern medical equipment, including digital X-ray detectors, rehabilitation devices, automatic chemistry analyzers, electrolyte analyzers, etc at a cost of nearly VND5 billion.

Thanks to the community involvement in health, some second and third-class hospitals in Khanh Hoa have applied successfully clinical and sub-clinical technologies. Local patients can have access to advanced technology in treatment without traveling to provincial or national hospitals. Arrivals at local hospitals have much increased with an inpatient bed occupancy rate of over 100%.

Medical equipment and service public participation schemes are encouraged and required to be reported to Khanh Hoa Health Department for consideration, says Dr. Bui Xuan Minh, Director of the provincial Health Department.