Military hospital offers advanced treatment for kidney stone disease

NDO – The Vietnam Peacekeeping Centre (VPC) under the Ministry of National Defence of Vietnam organised on August 8 an expert exchange to make final planning on level-2 field hospital equipment practical training. The exchange aims to share expertise and experience between relevant parties in order to make a plan on practical training with level-2 field hospital equipment. In addition, this exchange will also help Vietnam stand ready to send its forces to UN peacekeeping missions when requested. The two-day exchange features the participation of experts from military hospitals of the US and the UK, along with officers of the VPC and the Ministry of National Defence of Vietnam. VPC Director Colonel Hoang Kim Phung thanked the US and UK experts for their assistance and affirmed the importance of sharing experiences to ensure practical training with level-2 field hospital equipment. At the exchange, participants were briefed about Vietnam’s preparations for the level-2 field hospital, the UK’s deployment of a field hospital at the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, and the goals of the level-two field hospital equipment practical training. Participants also worked on logistics and administration works for the practical training, simulations to be used during the training, and the operation of the level-2 field hospital at the practical training area. The field hospital practical training is scheduled to be organised in September of this year.... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Cao Thị Ngan lost a son, but gained six other children to call her mother. Cao Thi Ngan (right) and Tran Thi Hau, an organ recipient, like mother and daughter. -- Photo She had to deal with her intense grief and the Vietnamese tradition of burying the dead intact when took the decision to donate her brain-dead son’s organs to people needing organs to survive. Since the decision was taken, Ngan has longed to the people who received her son’s organs, to make sure that they are healthy and feeling that her son is still alive. Her dream was realised last Thursday, the first anniversary of her son’s death, at her home in Ha Noi’s Quoc Oai District. There was a lot of crying, hugging and holding hands as the organ recipients and their families had lunch together, reminiscing about the circumstances that brought them together. They all called Ngan “mother,” saying they considered her as the one who’d given birth to them. "My son died but his death was not meaningless. He has saved the lives of many people. It was on this day last year that his funeral was held. The Military Hospital 103 gave him the honour of a martyr’s funeral,” she told the Suc khoe va Doi song (Health and Life) newspaper. Ngan said she would never forget the fateful morning of July 27, when Ha Noi was hit by a tropical storm and she received a call from a relative telling…... [read more]

According to a report at the conference, the army has 30 hospitals, research institutes and several military-civilian hospitals with more than 60,000 nurses in total.  Gen. Binh addressing the conference Over the past 71 years of development, the military medical sector has greatly contributed to the care for troops’ and people’s health. In his speech, Major General Vu Quoc Binh, Director of the Department of Military Medicine, emphasized the important role of nurses. In wartime, they were present at combat hotspots, underwent sacrifices to give timely treatment to sick and wounded soldiers, so that these troops could be able to continue fighting against the enemy. Numerous nurses sacrificed themselves and devoted their lives to the national protection cause. Some have been presented with noble awards by the State and Army. Gen. Binh also highlighted nurses’ role in peacetime, especially in improving treatment quality, reducing complications and fatalities, shorten treatment time and lowering treatment cost. Nurses have left deep impression on patients, contributing to promoting people’s trust in military doctors in particular and in the military medical sector in general. The conference heard 71 reports from 27 military hospitals and four reports from civilian ones. Those reports fully reflected 12 nurses’ tasks involving in management, treatment, and training. Some reports focused on such fields of much concern as management to improve treatment quality, patients’ safety, control of bacterial contamination, communication skills and patients’ satisfaction. Concluding the conference, Gen. Binh said…... [read more]

The Cambodian government conferred the Friendship Order, Senna class, to Nguyen Phuc Quoc, Nguyen Van Binh and Nguyen Van Hoang Dao from the Military Hospital 175 and Tran Thi Phuong Thu from Ho Chi Minh City Eye Hospital, at a ceremony in Phnom Penh on April 5. It also presented six Friendship Orders, Assarat class, to other doctors from the two hospitals and Le Hong Lam, Director of the Vietnam Development Co. Ltd, which was a major donor for humanitarian healthcare activities in Cambodia. Since 2007, the Military Hospital 175 and Ho Chi Minh City Eye Hospital of Vietnam have sent several doctor groups to Cambodia to provide healthcare checks-up and treatment to Cambodian poor patients, under their cooperation with the Preah Kat Mealea Military Hospital of Cambodia. The programme has so far brought light to over 700 eye patients and provided medicine and treatment to almost 1,000 others. On April 3 and 4, doctors from the two Vietnamese hospitals provided health checks-up and medicine to 300 local people and eye surgeries to 134 others.... [read more]

In the three-day workshop, sponsored by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), participants are being trained in practices in international and national standards of blood safety by technical experts from the US Pacific Command (PACOM), the US Armed Forces Research Institute of Medicine Sciences (AFRIMS) and leading military hospital in Vietnam. The blood safety programme is being conducted by the US Department of Defense and the Military Medicine Department of the Vietnamese Ministry of Defense at four blood transfusion centres in the military medical system. PEFAR has supported these centres since 2004 with the upgrading of infrastructure, procurement of new equipment, training of personnel on national blood safety regulation, blood screening, HIV testing and counselling, and routine quality assurance and quality control. The four centres provide safe blood not only for treating military personnel but also for civilian emergency needs. The programme overall objective is to collect, screen, and provide safe blood to meet the needs in the region, both military and civilian communities. Since 2004, the US Government has provided more than US$320 million to comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment and support activities in Vietnam.... [read more]

This is the first time Vietnamese doctors have carried out such a surgery, which lasted over 12 hours, without any assistance from their foreign colleagues. According to the hospital’s director Nguyen Thanh Liem, the patient, Pham Thi Mo from the northern province of Thai Binh, was hospitalized in a coma and having trouble with blood coagulation. The liver donor was Mo’s mother. The girl is now in stable health condition with her liver and heart working. Earlier, on June 17, Vietnamese doctors at Military Hospital 103, with support from Taiwanese experts, successfully performed the first heart transplant on a 48 year-old man, who suffered from terminal heart failure, using a heart taken from a brain dead donor. The patient is now in sound recovery. In May, with viscera given by brain dead donors, the Vietnam-German Hospital in Hanoi successfully conducted six kidney and two heart valve transplants. VNA... [read more]

The health officials reviewed the result of cooperation between the two ministries and discussed current public health and issues of mutual concern. They also looked at the implementation of the health quarantine agreement signed on March 6, 2006, which has helped to reduce the spread of infectious diseases in border areas. Cambodia also applauded Vietnamese health stations which have provided checkups for Cambodian patients, especially those living in poor border provinces. Vietnam is committed to providing additional health checkups to Cambodian people under the current regulations of the Vietnamese government, maintaining charity activities for poor patients in Cambodia, and sending experts to provide technical assistance to Cambodian health workers. Both sides agreed to organize seminars to share experiences in health checkups, facilitate the implementation of the Cho Ray-Phnom Penh hospital project, consider the possibility of opening an eye hospital in Cambodia’s capital and discussed measures to contain the spread of infectious diseases. In addition, they also agreed to co-ordinate in confiscating fake and illegal cosmetics at border gates, share experiences in controlling the quality of medicines and preventing an illegal trade in fake and poor quality pharmaceuticals which might cause health problems. The Vietnamese delegation visited Cambodia’s Royal Military Hospital, the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital, and Cambodia’s University of Medicine. On the occasion, HCM City’s Medicine and Pharmacy University and Odonto-Maxilo-Facial Hospital signed a memorandum of understanding with Cambodia’s University of Medicine and the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital.... [read more]

AIP Foundation helps children with genital deformity Prof. DeCastro had performed similar surgery to 15 patients worldwide. Associate Professor Dr Tran Thiet Son, Head of the Hanoi Medical University’s Plastic Surgery Department, said the genital organ regeneration surgery using the patient’s own tissue and blood vessels that Prof. DeCastro had performed to create a penis for the boy, Nguyen Thien Nhan, was the latest method in the world. With the support of the President of the Asia Injury Prevention fund, Greig Craft, the adoptive father of Nguyen Thien Nhan, DeCastro and his team launched the “Regeneration of sex organs for Vietnamese children” programme two months ago. Under the programme, the Italian surgeon joined his 16 colleagues from Vietnam to provide free examinations for 80 children with genital defects. From now until November this year and in April 2012, 10 children will receive operations from DeCastro and his Vietnamese and Italian teams, while the remainder will be treated at the National Paediatrics Hospital, Vietnam-Germany Hospital, Cho Ray Hospital, Central Military Hospital 108 and Saint Paul’s Hospital. Such surgery needed support from both domestic and foreign organisations and individuals, as well as financial support from the Asian Injury Prevention fund, said Prof. DeCastro. In 2008, DeCastro had performed surgery on Nhan, recreating his penis using the boy’s own tissue at a hospital in the US. The child was discovered in a jungle in the central Quang Nam province in 2006 after being abandoned at birth by his mother. He had been mauled…... [read more]

Half of the patients are receiving free eye surgeries. This is the 10th medical examination that doctors from Military Hospital 175 under the Vietnam People’s Army and the HCM City Eye Hospital have conducted for Cambodian people. Also on November 1, a ceremony was held in Cambodia to mark Military Hospital 175 being twinned with Royal Cambodian Army’s Military Hospital 179 for five years. General Ly So Van, director of Military Hospital 179 under the Royal Cambodian Army thanked the two Vietnamese hospitals for providing free health check-ups for Cambodian soldiers and disadvantaged people, transferring technologies and training human resources. General Ly So Van also emphasized that the support from Vietnamese doctors has further strengthened cooperation, solidarity, and friendship between the two armies and peoples. On the occasion, General Sum Sam Nang, Director of the General Department of Logistics and Finance under the Royal Cambodian Army, conferred a Friendship Order and certificates of merit on 11 collectives and 22 individuals of the two Vietnamese hospitals. Representatives of the Vietnam People’s Army presented 250 gifts to Cambodian invalid soldiers and poor patients.... [read more]

The Mulberry Lane Residential Area is under construction. A witness said the victims fell from the ninth floor of a high-rise building when the scaffolding broke loose and collapsed. The four wounded victims are being treated at the military hospital 103 in the district. The major contractor for the 34-storey building is a Chinese company that has hired Vietnamese workers under a subcontract. Police and relevant agencies are investigating the incident. The Mo Lao urban complex covers a total area of 64 hectares between national highway 6 and Le Van Luong road, about 10km from downtown Hanoi. It will have twin towers, each 41 storey high, an outdoor exhibition area, modern traffic systems, and headquarters for many agencies. Construction of this complex began in late 2005. More occupational accidents, fewer fatalities... [read more]

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