North Vietnam's largest hospital--the Bach Mai in Hanoi--was re-opened last week and patients operated upon while rubble was still being cleared away and war damage repaired.
GV Damaged hospital
SCU Sign "Benh-Vien Baph-Mai"
SV Nurses clearing rubble (2 shots)
SV Workers building wall (2 shots)
GV Patients through hospital window
TV TILT DOWN Damaged hospital and patients (2 shots)
SV & SCU Operation in progress (4 shots)
Initials BB/0026 GR/BOB/BB/0037
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Background: North Vietnam's largest hospital--the Bach Mai in Hanoi--was re-opened last week and patients operated upon while rubble was still being cleared away and war damage repaired.
The information accompanying this official film from Hanoi claimed extensive damage was caused by heavy bombing by United States B-52 aircraft before the declaration of the cease-fire.
The medical care available at Bach Mai is still limited at present. Only a few departments of the hospital are functioning again. Operations are carried out only in an emergency, and then in makeshift operating theatres.
The nurses and medical staff quarters were also badly damaged. Wreckage is still being cleared by off-duty staff working in shifts.
SYNOPSIS: North Vietnam's largest hospital opened its doors to patients again last weak--but still bore the scars of extensive war damage. Bach Mai is near the centre of Hanoi--and the North Vietnamese say the damage was caused by bombs dropped during the latter stages of the war by United states aircraft. While doctors operate inside the hospital, off-duty staff work in shifts outside to clear remaining rubble.
Others rebuilt nurses quarters that were also extensively damaged. Only a few of Bach Mai's departments are fully operational again. Many are still being patched up by staff and volunteer workers.
Some half-repaired wards have already had patients moved into them. The North Vietnamese say other medical centres suffered damage, and hospital space is scarce.....
Operations for emergency cases are being carried out in makeshift theatres. In cramped conditions, patients are tended amid the noise and confusion of re-building.