Additional 60 young volunteer doctors sent to disadvantaged areas
NDO – The Ministry of Health held a ceremony in Hai Phong on December 4 to see off 60 freshly-graduated doctors from the Hanoi Medical University, Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy and Hai Phong University of Medicine and Pharmacy who are set to go and work in disadvantaged areas.
The event is part of the Health Ministry’s project to send voluntary young doctors to mountainous, remote, border, island, and needy localities in 62 poor districts across Vietnam.
The young doctors were provided with training in 10 specialty areas and will work in 33 poor districts in thenine provinces of Ha Giang, Bac Can, Cao Bang, Dien Bien, Son La, Lao Cai, Thanh Hoa, Lang Son, and Lai Chau.
Director of the Department of Science, Technology and Training under the Ministry of Health Pham Van Tac saidthe project was initiated in February 2013 with the aim of ensuring the sustainable supply of high-quality human resources at a grassroots level.
So far, 211 young doctors have been sent to 68 disadvantaged districts in 21 northern mountainous, central and Central Highlands provinces.
According to the Health Ministry, the 60 poorest districts in Vietnam need an additional 598 doctors across 15 specialties with a high demand for specialties includinginternal medicine, surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, emergency and others.
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