Ha Noi will spend VND34.1 billion (US$1.6
million) on new technology to carry out organ transplants.
Before 2015, the city aims to start conducting kidney transplants, while that
for heart and marrow will likely begin in the following years. An organ bank
will also be set up after 2015.
Funds for the project come from the municipal budget as well as other sources,
including international co-operative projects and enterprises. The amount of
over VND34 billion is part of a plan approved by the municipal People’s
The city will use the existing facilities at Saint Paul Hospital to carry out
The city’s health sector will also improve its ability to procure organs from
brain-dead individuals and preserve them for future use in transplanting
surgeries, as well as enhancing people’s awareness about the benefits of organ
Director of the municipal Health Department Nguyen Khac Hien said that the
biggest obstacle when implementing the project was the shortage of organs.
In the past 20 years, he said, about 8,000 Vietnamese people required kidney
transplants, but only 700 were able to undergo the operation.
“Increasing awareness about donating organs is an urgent task that needs
co-operation from every agency at every level,” he said.
For example, the State should implement policies to encourage organ donation and
set up an organ management system, said Hien.
Meanwhile, head of Saint Paul Hospital’s Planning and General Division Pham Manh
Than expressed confidence in the project. For more than a year, he said, the
hospital had been sending doctors to other hospitals to experience organ
transplants and improve their skills.
The doctors learnt a lot from Military Hospital 103, which has more than 20
years of experience conducting organ transplants, as well as the Viet
Nam-Germany Hospital, with five years of experience.
“We are completely confident in our doctors’ ability to carry out transplant
surgeries,” said Than.
He added that the hospital would use the allotted funds to upgrade
infrastructure and buy new equipment.
“If the project is successful, it will be a good foundation for us to expand the
technology to other provinces and cities,” he said.