Ho Chi Minh City's Cho Ray Hospital began work on a new oncology center on December 16, which will help relieve patient overload at the city's Oncology Hospital.
The 14-flood building will be over 1,900 square meters, with a capacity of 250 sick-beds for long-term patients and is expected to be open in two years.
The VND428-billion (US$20.5 million) investment in the center comes from government bonds.
The center will offer examinations, diagnosis, early detection and treatment for cancers and tumors, as well as consultations on care and pain relief for patients, Dan Tri reported.
It will also have stem cell transplant and surgery departments.
Vietnam, which has a total population of around 90 million, currently has just 21 hospital beds for every ten thousand people, government statistics showed.
|Model of Cho Ray Hospital's oncology center
VnExpress quoted Le Hoang Minh, director of HCMC Oncology Hospital as saying in April that his hospital, which is the only institution specializing in oncology in the city, sees 1,600 patients daily, while serving 1,700 long-term patients.
The hospital currently serves four to five times more patients as its intended capacity.
Cho Ray Hospital admits nearly 20,000 cancer patients annually, according to Dan Tri.
The Vietnam Cancer Association said there are 150,000 new cancer cases every year and 75,000 deaths.
The number of cancer patients in HCMC has been increasing by 5.4 percent every year, the HCMC Oncology Hospital said early this month.
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