On the morning of November 24, Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases celebrated more than 160 years of establishment (1861 – 2022) and received a certificate to set the record for the oldest hospital in Vietnam by the VietKings Vietnam Record Organization – a unit under the Central Committee of the Vietnam Record Association.
The Vietnam Record Organization awarded the certificate confirming the record of the oldest hospital in Vietnam to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City
Doctor Nguyen Thanh Dung, director of the hospital, said that more than 160 years ago, the first hospital was established in the land of Saigon Cho Lon, located next to a tributary of the Ben Nghe River (now known as the Tau Hu canal). The name is Cho Quan Hospital. This is the only hospital in the country that has a prison camp located inside the hospital.
Doctor Nguyen Thanh Dung, Director of Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases, speaking at the ceremony
In 1972, the Korean government supported the construction of a 6-storey, 550-bed building with state-of-the-art medical equipment at that time, named Han Viet Medical Center.
After the liberation of the South, the Southern Department of Health and Social Affairs regained the name Cho Quan Hospital, which was assigned the task of being a hospital specializing in infectious diseases, in charge of treatment, epidemic prevention, training for people. Ho Chi Minh City and southern provinces.
In 1989, the hospital was renamed the Center for Tropical Diseases under the Department of Health of Ho Chi Minh City. In 2002, the hospital officially changed its name to Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases.
Currently, Hospital for Tropical Diseases is the first class infectious disease hospital in Ho Chi Minh City with 10 functional rooms, 17 clinical departments with 550 beds, 5 paraclinical departments and modern facilities and equipment. .
The hospital is an infectious disease prevention and treatment center assigned by the Ministry of Health to be the last-line hospital in the southern provinces, the Central Coast and the Central Highlands. The important role of the hospital is clearly demonstrated through the COVID-19 epidemic.
Delegates visiting the exhibition
Appreciating Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases’ contribution to the health sector, Mr. Duong Anh Duc, Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, affirmed that despite many difficulties, the hospital still maintains its position as a medical unit. Leading the Infection and Infectious Diseases industry of the city and the southern region.
“The hospital has achieved many successes in quality improvement, for many years continuously ranked in the top 10 in terms of quality of public hospitals. The hospital also ensures additional income for officials and employees before negative impacts of the epidemic,” said Mr. Duc.
Also at the ceremony, 3 individuals of Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases received the Third Class Labor Medal
The hospital currently has 763 officers and employees with solid professional qualifications, more depth, enthusiasm, responsibility, and expertise.