|Associate Professor Pham Thi Bich Dao (R) (Photo: VOV)
“When I first entered Hanoi Medical University, I started with the basic subject of anatomy. I was so intimidated that I nearly gave up. I even thought of changing my major.”
Overcoming the fear of her early days, Dao went on to great achievements in her medical career, including the initiative to set up district-level satellite hospitals.
Before the project began in 2015, there were several satellite hospitals operating in Vietnam, but they were not very effective. After many trips to examine and treat patients in remote and border areas, Dr. Dao came up with some ideas.
“It is essential to improve the expertise of healthcare workers in district-level hospitals. Through this district-level satellite hospital project, medical professionals from central hospitals transfer techniques to local doctors and nurses.”
Muong Khuong district’s general hospital in Lao Cai province is one beneficiary of the project.
“In the first phase we provided medical treatment to 50 to 100 patients. After Muong Khuong district’s general hospital became a satellite hospital of Hanoi Medical University Hospital, the number of patients increased to around 600 per day, indicating greater satisfaction with this model,” said Dao.
|Doctors of Hanoi Medical University Hospital provide online consultations during the social distancing time due to COVID-19. (Photo: VOV)
After her first success in Muong Khuong, Dao reduplicated the model to other localities. During the social distancing period of COVID-19, this model was an effective way to provide online medical consultations.
“There was a serious case of pneumonia disease at Muong Khuong district hospital. It would have taken 6 hours to transfer the patient to Hanoi, but through online consultation, we helped the doctors there deal with that case. The patient recovered after one week,” Dao recalled.
Apart from medical examination and treatment, Dr. Dao gives lectures at Hanoi Medical University.
“I hope my experience and enthusiasm will inspire medical workers, especially the young ones, to deliver better healthcare,” she said.