At 14:00, on Jan 18, 2013, at Nha Be District Hospital (281A Le Van Luong St, Hamlet 3, Phuoc Kien Commune, Nha Be Dist., HCMC) - Lawrence S. Ting Foundation and Phu My Hung JV Corporation held the inauguration ceremony of a “Kidney Dialysis Unit”.
The “Kidney Dialysis Unit” at Nha Be District Hospital is a project, which was built and given by the “key handover” method, donated by Phu My Hung JV Corporation (main contributor with VND 1.751 billion) and other companies through Lawrence S. Ting Foundation including: Sino Pacific Construction Consultancy Company, Vietinbank – HCMC branch, TungKuang Industrial Joint Stock Company. The total construction cost was VND 2.251 billion.
The “Kidney Dialysis Unit” was built on an area of 200 m2 within the precinct of Nha Be District Hospital with functional rooms (such as kidney dialysis room, RO water treatment room, materials storage room, etc.) At the beginning, the unit would be put into use with 5 kidney machines, which can treat 15 people a day. Next, if the number of patients increases, more machines (maximum: 15) will be installed.
At the moment, there are over 6,723 patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Nha Be District, and there are about 10-20 cases diagnosed with CKD every month (not including the number of patients in serious cases that are transferred to other hospitals in the city). Although the city has more than 20 hospitals with nearly 400 kidney machines operating at full capacity, it still can not solve the overloading problem because of the increasing number of patients with the disease. Moreover, neighboring areas around Nha Be District such as: Nhon Trach District (Dong Nai Province), Can Giuoc District (Long An Province), Can Gio District, District 7, do not have yet a kidney dialysis unit. Thus, the establishment of such a unit at Nha Be District Hospital is a pressing need and of great significance, as well as good news for the patients with CKD to have a closer medical facility for treatment.