Pure water to flow in Vietnamese Hospital
16 November 2009
A new water purification system that will deliver potable water to Viet Duc Hospital and Hoc Mai House in HaNoi, Viêt Nam has opened at VietDuc Hospital, HaNoi.
The water purification system will remove chemicals and bacteria from the existing water supply and provide drinking potable water to the patients and doctors at Viet Duc hospital, as well as their relatives housed at Hoc Mai House.
The construction of the water purification system is an initiative of the University of Sydney Medical School's Hoc Mai Foundation and has taken 6 months to complete. It is jointly funded by Australian Embassy-HaNoi, the Hoc Mai Foundation and VietDuc Hospital.
Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC, Chancellor, University of Sydney, Patron of the Hoc Mai Foundation and Governor of NSW, Ambassador Cox and Health Minister from Viêt Nam opened the water purification system in HaNoi.
"Water and sanitation related diseases remain a major health problem in Viêt Nam. Diarrhea is one of the leading causes of morbidity nationwide. Partly as a consequence, Viêt Nam is maintaining one of the highest rates of child malnutrition in East Asia," said Professor Bashir.
"Although Viêt Nam has made rapid progress in improving its water supply situation over the past decades, water quality, particularly the contamination of groundwater with arsenic, remains a serious emerging issue."
"Access to water of the highest quality is absolutely essential for any hospital and we are delighted to be able to support this much needed water purification system," she said.
The Hoc Mai Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation and a Foundation within the University of Sydney that fosters medical and healthcare education and knowledge between Sydney Medical School and Viêt Nam.
Professor Bruce Robinson, Dean of Medicine at Sydney Medical School and Chairperson of the Hoc Mai Foundation said that the water purification system is one of many projects scheduled this year. Other projects include 'Building Medical Research Capacity in Viêt Nam', Maternal and Child Healthcare Teaching delegation to Dien Bien Phu and 'Advanced Medical Teaching Program and Circulum development' with HaNoi Medical University.
More information about Hoc Mai House: www.hocmai.org/
Contact: Michelle Wood
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