The Hanoitimes – In the second Covid-19 phase in Vietnam, many people have been infected as the virus was transmitted from patients to their family members as well as health workers in Danang’s three hospitals.
The count of new Covid-19 cases will keep rising and the pandemic in Vietnam is forecast to reach its peak in the next ten days, VnExpress quoted Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son as saying late on August 5.
|Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son. Photo: Gia Chinh/VNE|
Son said the second phase of Covid-19 pandemic since late July is much more difficult to handle than the previous one. In the first phase, the major outbreak emerged at Hanoi-based Bach Mai Hospital, but only several employees of Truong Sinh Company, which provided catering services at the hospital, and some nurses were infected.
The second Covid-19 phase also started at healthcare centers, three hospitals in Danang. However, a great number of people have been infected as the virus was transmitted from patients to their family members as well as health workers in the three hospitals. Worse still, nearly dozen seriously ill patients have died and many are still in critical condition.
Besides patients who have been traced, there are some patients who are not related to the above-mentioned hospitals. Therefore, it’s more difficult to trace, zone and stamp out the pandemic than in the first phase, the deputy minister said.
“We are not allowed to be unguarded and drastic tracing and isolation efforts are underway,” Mr. Son warned.
He added that in the current period, besides using tracing tools to detect people who have made close contact with Covid-19 patients and isolate them, testing is key to find out positive cases in the community.
“For the epicenter in Danang, it is necessary to conduct testing and find people who are infected with coronavirus. Testing helps trace new and potential Covid-19 patients,” said the deputy minister.
He expressed his hope that all Vietnamese citizens will abide by the pandemic prevention rules and believe in the efforts of the health sector in controlling Covid-19.
Vietnam had gone 99 consecutive days without a single community transmission case of Covid-19 before a community infection in Danang was officially confirmed on July 25.
At the time of writing, the nation’s Covid-19 caseload has reached 747, of them ten have died while no deaths were recorded in the first infection wave, according to the Ministry of Health.
The Hanoitimes – The goal of periodic health check-ups at least once a year for all Hanoi’s residents has been included in the document of the municipal Party Congress.
Hanoians will get free health check-ups at least once a year, starting from 2021, the municipal Party Chief Vuong Dinh Hue said on February 25 while visiting Thanh Nhan Hospital on the occasion of Vietnamese Doctors’ Day (February 27).
Municipal Party Chief Vuong Dinh Hue inspects the Covid-19 prevention and control at Thanh Nhan Hospital in Hanoi. Photo: Thanh Hai
Hue said that the goal of periodic health check-ups at least once a year for all Hanoi’s residents has been included in the document of the municipal Party Congress.
“This is not easy, but the Hanoi Party Committee is determined to set goals and achieve them,” Hue said.
Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Health Tran Thi Nhi Ha said that the city’s health sector has devised a free health check-up plan for all local residents, starting from early March.
The health sector will review each case, classify people by age and occupation to provide health examination.
“It is expected that Hanoi students will get medical check-ups at educational institutions while employees will receive health check at their industrial parks, factories or offices,” Ha said.
The medical centers in the districts will be responsible for providing health check-ups for local people. If people take medical examination and treatment at hospitals, their health will be monitored via software.
Since March 2017, Hanoi has provided a free colorectal cancer screening program for people from 40 years old who have health insurance to early detect the disease. So far, hundreds of thousands of people have been screened for free thanks to the above-mentioned program.
According to the Hanoi Statistical Office, by the end of 2020, the capital city’s population was over 8.2 million people, an increase of 2.3% compared to 2019. Among them, four million people (accounting for 49.5%) live in urban areas and 4.1 million people in rural areas (50.5%).
HCM CITY— The HCM City Department of Health has developed an emergency plan for COVID-19 outbreaks under three scenarios of fewer than 100, 200 and 500 positive cases.
The plan is being made because of pandemic developments including new variants and outbreaks globally.
The department will continue to use available personnel and facilities at designated hospitals for treatment of COVID-19 patients.
These hospitals include Củ Chi Field Hospital with 300 beds, Cần Giờ COVID-19 Treatment Hospital with 600 beds, HCM City Hospital for Tropical Diseases with 40 beds at its Department for Transmissible Diseases D, and City Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital 2.
These hospitals will be ready to increase the number of beds to admit COVID-19 patients and others suspected of having COVID-19 if an outbreak occurs.
If the hospitals become overloaded, the department will use Phạm Ngọc Thạch Hospital’s 464 beds to admit COVID-19 patients.
The department has instructed hospitals in the city to prepare doctors and nurses to be available for examination and treatment of COVID-19 patients if necessary.
These doctors and nurses will have to receive training in professional knowledge on treatment and control of infections, and ensure safety for medical staff as well as patients.
Last year, Củ Chi Field Hospital and Cần Giờ COVID-19 Treatment Hospital were the two main health facilities isolating and treating COVID-19 patients and suspected cases. This was done to help reduce pressure and risk of transmission at city hospitals.
The hospitals’ doctors and nurses came from other hospitals in the city and worked on a rotation system.
The department has also instructed the 115 Emergency Centre to continue carrying out its task of transporting COVID-19 patients to designated hospitals for treatment.
Hospitals have helped the city Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) to take samples for testing at Tân Sơn Nhất airport, and bus and railway stations.
Besides Pasteur Institute and the CDC, tests are conducted by the HCM City Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Children’s Hospital 1, City Children’s Hospital, and Phạm Ngọc Thạch, Nguyễn Tri Phương, District 2, Thủ Đức, FV, Gia An 115 and Hoàn Mỹ Sài Gòn hospitals, as well as several hospitals owned by the Ministry of Health and other agencies.
This year, more hospitals in the city will be assessed for their capacity to conduct COVID-19 tests.
The department has instructed hospitals to prepare medicine, chemicals and protective clothes as well as equipment for their medical staff when they are called for emergencies.
It has also required all hospitals and health facilities to review and assess safety criteria in COVID-19 prevention and control. They have been ordered to ask their patients to fill out online health declarations.
Since February 5, when online health declarations began at hospitals and health centres in the city, 127 private and public healthcare facilities have used the department’s health declaration application.
By March 8, all hospital and health centre in the city will have to use the application.
According to the department, hospitals should offer training courses for their doctors and nurses in screening, isolating and taking samples for tests, and treatment guidelines related to COVID-19 issued by the Ministry of Health.
Hospitals have also been instructed to take samples for testing all of their staff by March 10.
Following the Ministry of Health’s requirement, the department is collaborating with Chợ Rẫy Hospital to set up an expert team specialising in COVID-19 treatment to assist other hospitals that admit severely ill COVID-19 patients who need emergency treatment. VNS
By staff writers – Translated by Anh Quan