Accelerating the construction of a hospital over 160 years old

Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Duong Anh Duc requested to urgently implement the project to build and renovate the city’s Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

On November 24, at the record award ceremony The oldest hospital in Vietnam Duc said: “Build and renovate a Hospital for Tropical Diseases to have a more spacious, more complete, and better service environment for patients”.

In 2011, the City People’s Committee approved the hospital to implement a new construction project of the Department of Examination. Due to the land planning of green parks and sports in District 5 and then Cao Dat Street is projected to cross, after more than 10 years the hospital still has not had a detailed plan for construction.

Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases, formerly known as Cho Quan Hospital, operating since 1861, was the first hospital established in the land of Saigon Cho Lon, located next to a tributary of the Ben Nghe River (now known as the Canal). Tofu). Today, the hospital is the last line of treatment for infectious diseases, considered the main anti-epidemic “outpost” of Ho Chi Minh City and the southern region. Over the years, the hospital has been a key unit with the city’s health sector to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic and the outbreak of dengue fever.

Dr. Dr. Nguyen Van Vinh Chau, Deputy Director of the Department of Health of Ho Chi Minh City, said that the hospital has well taken on the task of the last line, in the top 10 highest quality first-class hospitals in the city. In the context of the development of the world, the epidemic is equally fierce. Infection is always an endless challenge, a never-ending battle between humanity and the microbial world. Therefore, infectious disease “soldiers” need to be ready to respond to epidemics and improve their capacity to better serve patients.

However, “with a structure of more than 160 years, the hospital has deteriorated, many departments are old,” said Dr. Chau, and also asked the institute’s leaders to quickly complete the overall plan, equip and supplement the facilities. facilities, strengthening human resources, international cooperation to meet development needs.

Every day, nearly 3,000 patients who come to the hospital for examination have to be crammed into makeshift wards. The hospital’s Department of Examination is one of three degraded hospitals proposed by the Department of Health to be built by the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee (along with the Hospital for Psychiatry, Trauma and Orthopedics), in September. Director of the Department of Health Tang Chi Thuong said that overcrowding and degradation makes patients disadvantaged and difficult, not commensurate with the development scope of a leading infectious disease hospital.




Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases today. Image: Quynh Tran

The Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City is associated with the historical changes of the country through the two periods of resistance against the French and the US. Dr. Doctor Nguyen Thanh Dung, Director of the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City, said that the hospital opened to receive patients on February 13, 1861, to prepare for the reception of wounded soldiers in the upcoming campaign against the Ky Hoa garrison. invaded the whole of Cochinchina by the French army, after the French captured Gia Dinh citadel in 1859. The original base of the hospital was the houses of the rich Vietnamese who left due to the war, renovated and build more wards.

This is the only hospital in Vietnam that has a prison area, a place to hold and treat sick prisoners, including common criminals and political prisoners. In 1931, General Secretary Tran Phu died here. Many other revolutionary prisoners during the two resistance wars, were also detained here. The prison camp inside the hospital was recognized as a national historical site in 1988.






Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases was awarded the certificate of “The oldest hospital in Vietnam” by the Vietnam Record Organization VietKings, on the morning of November 24. Image: Understanding Khue

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