Joint efforts are needed to address urgent issues in the medical sector: PM | Health

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh speaks at the conference. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh asked ministries, agencies and localities to strengthen coordination with the Ministry of Health to deal with urgent issues in the medical sector during a nationwide teleconference on Aug. 21.

The head of government listed the issues that must be addressed as a priority, such as purchases, tenders, investments, medical services within the framework of health insurance and policies aimed at healthcare workers.

Welcoming the achievements recorded by the health sector, the Prime Minister underlined that people’s health and life should be a priority and that it was necessary to develop public and private health services.

Chinh called for efforts to concertedly and effectively roll out COVID-19 prevention and control programs, reiterating the pillars of the fight – testing, quarantine, treatment, vaccine, treatment drugs, technologies, public awareness and others. measures.

Calling for a review and perfection of short-term and long-term medical institutions and policies, the prime minister said resources should be prioritized for work.

He called on ministries and agencies to pay more attention to health worker policies, as well as basic and preventive health care, and science and technology application in the sector.

The entire industry must take drastic measures to deal with the current shortage of medicines and medical equipment, he said, asking the Ministry of Health coordinate with other ministries and agencies to create transparent and workable bidding mechanisms for drugs and medical equipment.

The leader ordered a major overhaul of financing and medical insurance, accelerating the disbursement of public investments and a review of public-private partnership in the sector.

Acting Health Minister Dao Hong Lan told the meeting that national health coverage increased from 81.7 percent in 2016 to 91.01 percent last year, surpassing the 80 percent target set. by the National Assembly in 2020.

Notably, Vietnam is one of the countries with the highest vaccination coverage against COVID-19.

On August 19, 696,048 additional doses of vaccines were administered, bringing the total number to 254,094,673./.

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