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Prime Minister approves health care master plan

The Prime Minister has approved a master plan to develop the health care network through 2010 and a vision to 2020, which covers the preventive medical system, health care services at the grassroots level, as well as medicine manufacture and supply.

The plan aims for 20.5 hospital beds, seven physicians and one pharmacist for every 10,000 people by 2010. By 2020, 25 hospital beds and at least eight physicians and tow pharmacists should be available for every 10,000 people. Almost all communes and wards nationwide will have built their own medical stations by 2020 with 80 percent of them meeting the national standard.

Regarding the preventive medical network, labs at the Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, the Ho Chi Minh City Pasteur Institute, the Nha Trang Pasteur Institute and the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology will be upgraded to meet the international biological safety standard for grade 3 labs. By 2020, Viet Nam will have at least one lab meeting the international standard for grade 4 labs, and every province will have one grade 1 lab. Major cities and key provinces of regions will build grade 2 labs.

From now to 2008, Viet Nam will establish a number of safety test centres for drugs, food and cosmetics as well as centres providing medicines tests and information in a number of regions and major cities. By 2010, an additional three food safety and hygiene testing centres meeting the Good Laboratory Practice standard will be built in the northern mountainous, central, and the Mekong Delta and HCM City regions.

All economic sectors will be encouraged to provide health care services with State-run establishments playing the decisive role.-

Vietnam Agency - (18/07/2006)

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