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Over the last 40 years, the Military Hospital 175 has been delivering trusted healthcare services for not only soldiers on Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago but also islanders and fishermen working in the waters around the islands, said the hospital's Director Major General Nguyen Hong Son.
February 28, 2021 | 10:12
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An ambulance airplane at the Military Hospital 175's helipad (Photo: VNA)

Founded in 1975 as a strategic hospital of Vietnam’s armed forces in the southern region, the Military Hospital 175 has been tasked with providing medical services to regional military troops and people living in southern islands and the Central Highlands; assisting the people of Cambodia and conducting medical research.

As reported by VNS, the helipad, located on the roof of the Traumatology and Orthopaedics Institute, will be used for pre-hospital emergency-care delivery. The 500-bed institute on the hospital's campus opened in December last year.

The helipad, which was opened after successful test flights, meets the required conditions and standards for rooftop helipad operations, said Major General Nguyen Hong Son, director of the hospital.

The helipad will reduce the time it takes to get treatment for life-threatening conditions, Son said.

Previously, patients arriving via helicopter had to be transported in an ambulance from a helipad at Tan Son Nhat International Airport to hospitals, he said.

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Doctors of the hospital in coordination with the air force to transport patients from Khanh Hoa's Nha Trang City and Ho Chi Minh City's Can Gio district to the hospital. (Photo: VNA)

The hospital has set up a small medical station with three health workers on Truong Sa, which has now become a healthcare centre providing basic internal medicine and surgical services.

It has been bestowed with the title of “Hero of the People’s Armed Forces” twice.

Son said the establishment of the medical centre not only marked a milestone for the hospital but also was an honour for it to shoulder such a mission on Truong Sa.

The hospital was also entrusted by the Central Military Commission and the Ministry of National Defence with developing Vietnam’s first Level-2 Field Hospital to take on the UN’s peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.

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Vietnamese military doctors hold up the flags of the United Nations and Vietnam at Juba International Airport, beginning to carry out UN peacekeeping missions in South Sudan. (Photo: VNA)

Over the past years, the Military Hospital 175 has made all-out efforts to upgrade facilities and develop its personnel. Its doctors and nurses have been trained by foreign specialists. Annually, about 30 – 40 health workers are sent to Vietnam's partner countries, such as the US, Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Singapore, for various training courses, VGP reported.

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An ambulance airplane of the hospital. (Photo: VNA)

The hospital has been equipped itself with comprehensive and advanced technologies as it is striving to transform into a smart hospital capable of cooperating with international medical institutions and performing virtual consultations.

Soldiers in white blouse dedicated to Truong Sa Islands
(Photo:VNA)

The hospital has modernised its facilities to turn itself into a hospital-hotel complex that offers patients a healthy environment.

It has put into use a helipad for emergency aid and in the coming time, it plans to further reach to people in remote areas.

Soldiers in white blouse dedicated to Truong Sa Islands
(Photo: VNA)
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