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Ho Chi Minh City hospitals overwhelmed by kidney dialysis patients

Ho Chi Minh City hospitals overwhelmed by kidney dialysis patients

Monday, April 03, 2023, 11:14 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City hospitals overwhelmed by kidney dialysis patients
Patients with kidney failure receive dialysis treatment at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Xuan Mai / Tuoi Tre

Staff of dialysis centers at hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City have to work harder than normal due to a surging number of patients in need of kidney dialysis treatment, the city’s health authority said on Sunday.

The city has 39 medical facilities that provide kidney dialysis treatment, according to the municipal Department of Health.

Medical facilities citywide are offering kidney dialysis treatment to 4,254 patients, which is higher than around 3,000 cases five years ago. 

The number of patients who do not reside in Ho Chi Minh City accounts for almost 20 percent of the total cases.

Hospitals constantly work to ensure enough medical equipment and dialysis fluid are available to conduct kidney dialysis, the health authority said.

Thu Duc City Hospital, located in the namesake city, failed to choose an eligible contractor to supply it with dialysis fluid as part of its bidding package to purchase medical supplies for 2022.

The municipal health authority then asked the hospital management board to learn from the past experience and report to the health authority for support if similar issues arise.

While waiting for further bidding results, the hospital was told to refer to other hospitals’ bidding results in order to purchase dialysis fluid to meet the treatment demand.

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Minh Duy - Xuan Mai / Tuoi Tre News

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