The Ministry of Health will officially name the three hospitals in Vietnam that are permitted to perform transgender surgery in early May, said Mr. Nguyen Huy Quang, Director of the Department of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Health. Quang said that the law prohibits medical intervention in completed cases on sex, men are men, women are women. But those with sexual defects at birth, or the gender has not been fixed yet, the law allows medical intervention to redefine the gender. It’s true need of society, because according to statistics, in 2,000 newborn babies, one has genitals not fit to the chromosome. And 1 in each 11,000 people has gender disability or unclear gender. These defects stem from genetic mutations or defects, not from psychological factors due to social interaction.
“Socially, such children need medical intervention to get their true sex. The Ministry of Health has issued Circular 29/2010/TT-BYT guiding technical implementation on gender redefining. Accordingly, the Ministry of Health has assigned three hospitals – the Central Pediatrics Hospital, Viet Duc Hospital in Hanoi and the Children’s Hospital 2 in HCM City to prepare facilities, equipment and human resources to perform transgender surgery from May,” Quang said.