State leader underlines crucial role of grassroots health care

President Võ Văn Thưởng emphasised the importance of grassroots health care while visiting some medical facilities in the northern province of Hà Nam on February 25, ahead of the Vietnamese Physicians’ Day (February 27).

At the health centre of Thanh Liêm District, the State leader highly valued the achievements by local medical workers as well as their dedication to the job.

He said medical establishments at the communal and higher levels had properly carried out the national programmes on grassroots health care, vaccination, primary health care, provision of adolescent health advices, screening, and care for patients with chronic illnesses. Particularly, the health centre of Thanh Liêm joined the entire health system of Hà Nam in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stressing the importance of grassroots health care, President Thưởng noted there are over 11,400 communal-level health stations nationwide.

Those facilities are the closest to the people and work in the frontline. If they perform well, a number of diseases will be prevented while patients with severe illnesses reduced, thus helping ease pressure on medical establishments at district, provincial, and national levels and most importantly, cut healthcare costs for people, especially in terms of chronic diseases, according to the President.

With good performance, grassroots health facilities will help build a sustainable future for the country.

The leader also expressed empathy for the difficulties and pressure on medical workers, encouraging them to keep exerting efforts to further improve their capacity, uphold a high sense of responsibility, and wholeheartedly care for patients.

He asked medical workers to continue seeking therapies for new diseases, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. He also highly valued the digital transformation at the Thanh Liêm health centre, asking it to push ahead with the work to further facilitate health examination and treatment.

Besides, President Thưởng also told authorities of Hà Nam Province and Thanh Liêm District to invest more in developing human resources, infrastructure, equipment for grassroots health care.

The same day, he visited and extended congratulations on the Vietnamese Physicians’ Day to medical workers of the health station of Thanh Phong Commune, Thanh Liêm District.