National Hospital for Tropical Diseases stops receiving in-patients
Both the branches in Dong Anh District and on Giai Phong Street have stopped receiving new in-patients. All staff, interns, patients and family members at the hospital would be tested for SARS-CoV-2. The hospital will give guidance to out-patients. Staff, interns, patients and family members will be quarantined at the hospital from May 5 until further notice. Measures will be applied to prevent cross-infection inside the hospital.
The hospital will speed up the vaccination process for all of the staff and issue notice to patients who have been at the hospital for the past 15 days.
On May 4, a doctor at the hospital tested positive for Covid-19. He had travelled to many districts including Dong Anh, Ba Dinh, Dong Da, Tay Ho and Hoang Mai. Hanoi authorities have extended testing for suspected people in these districts.
“He lives on Kim Ma Street, Ba Dinh District and went to a karaoke bar on Lang Street, Dong Da District on April 28. Localities authorities must be on alert and start the contact tracing process,” said Tran Thi Ha, director of Hanoi Department of Health.
The house of the doctor was disinfected and the residential area with 26 households and 72 people is on lockdown. The authorities have traced 11 people who were in contact with the doctor.
The authorities also put Apartment Building B6 on Giang Vo Street on lockdown after the doctor visited his uncle there.
Deputy Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen announced that 400 samples had been taken from 800 staff, patients and family members at the hospital so far. The initial results showed that 14 people had tested positive for Covid-19 including two doctors, eight patients and four family members. Even though they are still considered suspected cases, the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases was asked to tighten monitoring and consider the rest of the people staying at the hospital as F1 patients.