Two doctors in Saigon are examples of how people of the old and new regimes in Vietnam are now working together.
GV Nhi Dong hospital with people outside
MV & CU People arriving for treatment
SV Dr. Le Tran Tan Tram arriving
SV More patients with children arriving
SCU INT Patients queue for treatment (2 shots)
SV Medical staff giving prescriptions and Dr. Le Thi Puong Mai giving injections (2 shots)
SV Nurse giving vaccinations to children
MV Children being attended to by doctor (2 shots)
SV Nurses filling baby bottles (2 shots)
SCU Doctor examining baby (3 shots)
SCU PAN DOWN Drip feed TO baby
SV Nurse attends to babies
SV & SC Nurse feeding child
SV TILT DOWN Doctor examining baby
SV Babies in bed (2 shots)
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Background: Two doctors in Saigon are examples of how people of the old and new regimes in Vietnam are now working together.
One of them is Dr. Le Thi Puong Mai, a native of South Vietnam. She studied medicine in the Hanoi University and worked for the Vietnamese revolutionary movement for about thirty years. She has now been appointed General Manager of the Nhi Dong Hospital in Saigon.
Her deputy, Dr. Tran Tan Tram is also a South Vietnamese, but he studied in Saigon under the old regime. After the fall of that regime, he joined the re-education classes for three months and is now working as the Assistant Manager at the hospital.
In South Vietnam, the development of oriental medicine has been stressed since the end of the war. It is hoped that traditional medical techniques will be studied and refined to give a degree of independence from foreign medicine.
During the war years millions of dollars worth of drugs were imported annually. It's now hoped that South Vietnam will substantially cut down its foreign imports of drugs, and will earn substantial foreign exchange through the export of its own herbal remedies.
Vietnamese medicine, though similar in some ways to that practised by Chinese, Koreans and Japanese, has through the centuries developed its own techniques of acupuncture, blood-letting and bone massage.
SYNOPSIS: Life is returning to normal in South Vietnam and people from the old and new regimes are now working together. This is Dr. Tran Tan Tram, who worked under the old regime at the Nhi Dong Hospital for infants in Saigon. He undertook a three month re-education programme after the war and is now back as assistant manager.
His superior is Dr. Le Thi Puong Mai, seen here working with medical staff in dispensing prescriptions. She studied in Hanoi and worked for the Vietnamese Revolutionary Movement for thirty years before taking up her new post at this hospital.
There also appears to be a change of emphasis in medicine in South Vietnam. The development of oriental medicine is now being encouraged to complement the use of Western medicine. It's hoped the traditional medical techniques would be studied and refined to give a degree of independence from foreign medicine. Vietnamese medicine is similar to that practised by the Chinese, Koreans and Japanese, but it has developed its own techniques throughout the centuries.
During the war years millions of dollars of drugs were imported from the United States annually. It's now hoped that South Vietnam will cut down its imports of drugs and will learn substantial foreign exchange through the exports of its own herbal remedies.
Meanwhile treatment of the babies and children continues in the Nhi Dong Hospital.