Volunteer medics help rural poor

This was revealed by Pham Van Tac, Director of the Personnel Department under the Ministry of Health at a conference on January 9. The conference was held at the Hanoi Medical University to present a group of seven young doctors who will work in those districts. A young doctor works at Bac Giang General Hospital. They are the second group of graduates to have done post graduate studies and been sent to rural areas. The doctors’ activities are part of a project to send young medicos to work in poor districts and island areas. The project was approved by the ministry in 2013. Under the project, young doctors who perform well at medical universities are asked to volunteer. After being trained for two years in a medical speciality, the men practice in hospitals in poor areas for three years. Female doctors are asked to do two years.. The project, running since February 2013, aims to improve the number and quality of medical staff in disadvantaged areas. Volunteers are provided with priority conditions in terms of salary, allowance and working conditions during their missions – and after they complete them. This time, the seven doctors will go to poor districts in Cao Bang, Lai Chau, Ha Giang and Dien Bien provinces. It is expected that by 2020, about 300-500 doctors will have helped out in poor remote areas. At present, a total of 154 young doctors with a 10 different specialities are being trained. In June last year, the ministry introduced… [Read full story]

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