director Le Thi Thanh said at an evaluation conference held last week in
Can Tho City that the number accounted for 81.42 per cent of the total
number of people living near the poverty line in the region.
first-ever project to offer healthcare support for Cuu Long (Mekong)
Delta residents was developed by the Ministry of Health, with a total
investment capital of US$85 million sourced from Official Development
Assistance (ODA) funds.
five-year project aims to offer financial support for 13 provinces in
the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta so that each locality would be able to pay
partial payment of hospital fees for people living near the poverty line
in the region.
The project also targets better healthcare facilities and services in the region by next year.
the nine Delta provinces of Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, An Giang, Can Tho, Kien
Giang, Long An, Soc Trang, Tien Giang and Tra Vinh, the project had been
able to ensure all residents in the category were able to buy voluntary
health insurance, Thanh said.
citizens earning less than VND200,000 (US$10) per person per month in
rural areas and less than VND260,000 ($13) per month per person in urban
areas are considered poor.
project has also helped nearly 17,000 patients in financial
difficulties pay their treatment fees at an average of about VND1
million per person.
than 1,300 healthcare personnel with doctorate and masters degrees as
well as specialist doctors in the 13 delta provinces received further
training under the project.
hospitals at the provincial level and health centres in the region were
able to acquire modern equipment and other facilities, Thanh said at
year, the project seeks to support over 50 per cent of people living
near the poverty line in Hau Giang, Ben Tre, Vinh Long and Dong Thap
provinces buy voluntary health insurance.
will also invest in upgrading 11 general hospitals at the provincial
level, and develop a system to supervise epidemics by applying IT
solutions at many localities.
World Bank, which co-hosted the conference with the Health Ministry,
said that this project played a very important part in supporting Cuu
Long (Mekong) Delta provinces develop policies to provide quality
medical examinations and treatment to poor people and those living near
the poverty line.
rate of people living near poverty line in Vinh Long, Dong Thap and Hau
Giang provinces who buy voluntary health insurance, is still low at
present, according to the bank.
students (from grade one to university) and people who are working for
state or non-state companies are compulsorily required to have health
Other citizens have the option to purchase health insurance on their own volition.