According to The
Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Van So, the policy of
caring for the health sector is still inadequate. The health sector is facing
an unnamed challenge. “We always stand with our comrades” – he
At the meeting and encouragement of health
workers in Ho Chi Minh City on 5-8, many doctors at the grassroots level to the
hospital shared their thoughts with city leaders. Dr. Do Thi Tan, Deputy
Director of District 1 Medical Center – who has been with grassroots health
care for 27 years – felt heartwarming with the attention and encouragement of
Dr Tan said the work of the staff at the
medical center was very quiet. It was only when the Covid-19 epidemic occurred
that the important role of grassroots health was seen. The current situation is
that not only are wages low, but the facilities at District 1 Medical Center
are also difficult.
“It is advisable to invest in
facilities for health centers, including District 1, to focus on one termite
for ease of management and operation. Besides, it is necessary to have
long-term policies and mechanisms for employees to stick with. Thus, if you do
not invest in facilities, do not invest in people, you will follow a vicious
circle” – Dr Tan said.
According to Dr Tan, currently District 1
has 67 people at health stations but has to carry 29 jobs, from treatment to
prevention. “At the moment, the hospital is also difficult but at the
grassroots level it is 10 times more difficult. We almost only have salaries.
Personally, I have been with it for 27 years because I love the profession and
want to share difficulties with my brothers at the grassroots health. In the
past time, since the Covid-19 epidemic appeared until now, the children have
been making pants day after day, all Day 7th and Sunday but have not been
rewarded properly” – Dr Tan said.
Dr Tan said that the salary is low, so the
attraction of doctors to the grassroots level is also very small. The Medical
Center used to train doctors on the spot by itself, but after training, the
doctor also quietly left. There are even some young doctors who ask to return
to work for 1 short time also take time off.
From October until now, District 1 Medical
Center has had 21 people on vacation, even with rooms. Someone who works 5-6
years, even 10 years, also still asks for leave. Despite receiving new people
back, the center also faces many difficulties due to lack of experience.
Regarding Resolution 01, Dr Tan said there
were 10 young doctors who had just graduated from school to 10 health stations
in the area. However, with the national health care program, they could not
assist because 1 week only had 3 days to stay at the station, the rest in the
hospital. If participating in the program, it must be regular and continuous to
ensure health care.
“We should have real investment and
funding for the grassroots level so that the children can be confident in their
profession” – Dr Tan emphasized.
Meanwhile, Assoc. Prof. Hoang Thi Diem
Tuyet, Director of Hung Vuong Hospital (HO CHI MINH CITY), emotionally said
that she has 2 children who have just become a doctor. “I remind you that
if you want to get rich, you choose another industry, not medicine. We work in
medicine not because we want to be rich but the salary should be relative,
enough to cover life. With the salary of young doctors who have just graduated
from school only 7-8 million VND / month, it is not enough to live in Ho Chi
Minh City” – Dr. Tuyet burst into tears.
Dr. Tuyet expressed that if now, 1 month, 1
year or 5 years, they can try but 10 years, 20 years will not be able to
endure. According to her, medical salaries are still tied to many policies but
hope the city has options to support health workers and especially help them
feel proud to work in the city’s health sector.
“Ho Chi Minh City has many worries,
many things to spend money on, but it should be affordable, there should be
more worries for the medical industry. If the medical staff quit their jobs,
who will take care of people’s health?” – Dr. Tuyet thought.
At the meeting, Secretary of the Ho Chi
Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Van So shared with the thoughts of doctors and
doctors. He worried that for a long time, when people were sick, doctors were
worried, but when doctors were “unwell”, who worried? He looks
forward to sharing and understanding the difficulties of medicine.
“I know this encounter doesn’t have
enough time to confide in the current context. But there is no other way than,
let’s hear, discuss and come up with solutions. Today I want to really
listen”, Mr. Nguyen Van So stated.
The Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party
Committee said that the passing of the Covid-19 pandemic has left many valuable
lessons, especially a great challenge for physicians. The pandemic also left
mental, psychological, emotional trauma. To get there today, we had to contend
with the life-and-death challenge and the white-shirted soldiers who sacrificed
for this war — the one that has no precedent yet.
“We pick it up, face it and pass it,
just as humans weather the storm, until we stop, look back to see the lost.
However, by this time, we have learned many lessons, including willpower,
humanity. On behalf of the city leaders, we would like to express our deep
gratitude to the white soldiers” – Mr. Nguyen Van So expressed.
Mr. Nguyen Van So said that currently, the
dengue epidemic has returned and is not as simple as before. So we can’t
underestimate. Besides, the world now has more monkeypox – just over 1 hour
away from us.
“Lo one is not finished, the other one
comes, the health sector is always under pressure. Not only that, but we also have
a mission to take care of more than 10 million people. Therefore, it is
necessary for the medical profession to continue to fight and manage to
overcome” – Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee recognized
According to Mr. Nguyen Van So, the policy
of caring for the medical industry is still inadequate. The health sector is
facing an unnamed challenge. So we need to point the naming side to pass. The
question is what does the health sector need to do, what do city leaders do,
what do agencies do, what do people do…?
“This will be concrete action. We hope
that the brothers and sisters of the health sector do not find themselves
alone, we always stand with our comrades” – Mr. Nguyen Van So emphasized