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HCM City (VNA) – Almost half thecountry’s provinces have set up a centre for disease control by merging theircentres for preventive health, prevention of HIV/AIDS, malaria and others, andthe Ministry of Health wants the rest to follow suit.
At a recent workshop held in HCM City to discussrestructure of local healthcare systems, Pham Van Tac, head of the ministry’sstaff arrangement department, said each province had five, and even nine insome cases, different agencies for disease prevention.
Merging them into a single entity is one of waysin which the ministry is seeking to improve primary healthcare in the country,he said.
So far 27 provinces out of the 63 have set up aCentre for Disease Control.
Nguyen Tan Binh, head of the HCM City Departmentof Health, said the city would start construction of its Centre for DiseaseControl in District 8 at the end of this year.
All existing disease prevention agencies wouldbe merged with it next year, he said.
Nine provinces – Bac Ninh, Quang Ninh, QuangBinh, Khanh Hoa, Long An, Dong Thap, and Thua Thien-Hue — said they did notwant to merge their existing centres for preventive health and diseases to setup the CDC.
Other provinces said they did not know how torevamp their staffs following the merger of various agencies.
Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said herministry would soon issue a circular to guide the establishment of the CDCs.
The ministry is reforming the health systembased on a road map to help provide better healthcare to the people, she said,adding that local authorities should embrace the changes despite difficultiesthey may face.-VNA