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|Dr Cuong and Fabrice Leguet at the signing ceremony|
Accordingly, the first Stroke Hospital of the Mekong Delta region will be equipped with Siemens Healthineers’ advanced imaging diagnostic systems. SIS Can Tho plays a vital role in providing timely treatment for stroke patients, thus helping to reduce the risk of disability and death, as well as improving the delivery and coordination of care in acute stroke management.
Stroke cases have been on a rapid rise recently. One of the most common causes of death and disability across the globe, stroke can happen to anyone at any age and at any time.
Statistics show that there are an average of 200,000 stroke patients in Vietnam every year.
The mortality and disability rate is still high due to a variety of reasons, including hospitals limited endovascular intervention capacity and late hospitalisation. In particular, there are more than 10,000 cases of stroke in the Mekong Delta region, with higher rate of mortality and disability than big cities like Ho Chi Minh City.
Fueled by passion and dedication to lead Vietnamese and international doctors in reducing the mortality and disability ratios of stroke and cardiovascular patients, the construction of SIS Can Tho commenced on July 20, 2017 thanks to the ample support from the Can Tho People’s Committee and local government management authorities.
“In the first phase, the hospital will have 60 inpatient beds which will then increase to 150-200 in the next phase. Our aims are to provide CPU and stroke intervention for all Mekong Delta provinces with international standardised treatments, care, and facilities,” said Tran Chi Cuong, president of the Interventional Neuroradiology Society of Ho Chi Minh City and medical director of SIS Can Tho. “Moreover, SIS Can Tho shall also operate as an educational academy where congresses and international scientific workshops take place, providing in-depth training and education for all domestic and international hospitals in need.”
Fabrice Leguet, general director of Siemens Healthcare in Vietnam, also emphasised that SIS Can Tho plays an important and meaningful role in providing high-quality healthcare services for the 17 million people living in the Mekong Delta, particularly in providing timely treatment for stroke and cardiovascular patients as well as education and training.
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