President of the National Assembly of People's Power of Cuba Esteban Lazo Hernandez presents a gift to a child patient treated at the hospital.

Welcoming the delegation, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee and head of the provincial delegation of N.A. deputies Vu Dai Thang highlighted Quang Binh’s appreciation of Cuba’s affection and assistance for the province and the liberated zone in South Vietnam during the fiercest days of the struggle.

Recently, as part of a visit by Chairman of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue to Cuba in late April, the provincial People's Committee signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation with the Cuban Ministry of Public Health and an intent letter with Santiago de Cuba province to establish cooperative relations.

Thang affirmed that in the near future, Quang Binh will continue to educate the young generation about the tradition of sound cooperation and friendship between the two countries’ parties, states, and people. The province hopes that Cuba will continue sending medical experts to work at the hospital and that Cuban construction experts will further participate in supervising important projects in Vietnam.

Highlighting the hospital as a permanent symbol of the bilateral friendship and solidarity, Esteban Lazo Hernandez expressed his happiness in witnessing positive economic changes and improving social standards and quality of life in Vietnam, particularly Quang Binh. He noted that the Southeast Asian nation’s increasing political stature on the international stage, which has been recognized by international friends worldwide.

On the same day, the Cuban delegation laid a wreath to pay respects to Fidel Castro at his monument in the premises of the hospital. They also visited young patients under treatment at the pediatric ward, and engaged in conversations with the hospital's medical staff and doctors.

In September 1973, Fidel Castro visited the newly liberated areas of Quang Binh and Quang Tri despite numerous dangers. The leader decided to help Vietnam build a general hospital equipped with the latest equipment in Dong Hoi, offering treatment for not only local residents but also to neighboring localities. The construction began in May 1974 and the 462-bed medical facility was put into operation in September 1981.

Now, the hospital accommodates more than 1,000 beds and creates close to 850 jobs.

Source: VNA