6 measures to control the epidemic in the Southwest before August 25

Deputy Health Minister Do Xuan Tuyen said that 12 southwestern provinces must both control epidemics from outside and prevent outbreaks inside, combining rapid tracing testing, focusing on treatment, to control the epidemic.

The goal is that the southwestern provinces must control the epidemic before August 25, according to Deputy Minister Tuyen, when meeting online with 12 southwestern provinces including: Tra Vinh, Ben Tre, Tien Giang, Can Tho, and Kien Giang. , Soc Trang, Hau Giang, Dong Thap, An Giang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Vinh Long, the afternoon of August 18. This is the last day of these provinces and cities to implement social distancing according to Directive 16 phase 2.

From July 27 to now, 12 southwestern provinces and cities have recorded 19,754 Covid-19 cases, accounting for 6.8% of the total number of infections nationwide and 7.5% of cases in 19 southern provinces, according to data from the Department of Health. backup economy.

The 5 localities with the highest number of infections include: Dong Thap with more than 5,300 cases, Tien Giang with more than 4,800, Can Tho with more than 2,900, Vinh Long with nearly 1,800 cases, and Ben Tre with more than 1,300 cases. In the past 7 days, 5 provinces have higher F0 than the previous 7 days, including: Tien Giang, Dong Thap, An Giang, Can Tho and Kien Giang; In the remaining 7 provinces, the number of F0 decreased.

To control the epidemic, Deputy Minister Tuyen emphasized 6 main measures:

The first, provinces must be able to control the entry of the epidemic. Localities assess 4 levels of risk to proactively decide to apply epidemic prevention and control according to Directives 16 or 15 or 19.

Second, control the outbreak from within. The deputy minister suggested that when the locality still has enough capacity for concentrated isolation, F1 must be put in concentrated isolation. However, in order to prepare for a situation where the number of cases increases rapidly, leading to a large number of F1s, provinces and cities need to soon complete the F1 isolation plan at home.

Tuesday, accelerate screening and testing to quickly isolate F0 from the community. The province needs an overall plan, a detailed test plan for each assessed risk area, and returns test results within 24 hours.

“The faster the test, the faster it is, the faster it is to remove F0, reduce infection, thereby reducing the overload of treatment facilities,” Mr. Tuyen said.

Wednesday, when detecting F0, it is necessary to quickly trace, limit the risk of “spiral of spread” from the community to the industrial park or vice versa, or spread in the community and businesses…

Thursday, improve treatment, in which treatment must be stratified to minimize mortality.

Friday, localities must ensure stability, order, safety and social security.

After the assessment, any area that continues to implement Directive 16 must strictly implement it, avoid “tight outside and loose inside”, ensure food and food support so that people can rest assured to stay in place. for people to voluntarily go out of the isolation and blockade areas, according to the deputy minister.

Mr. Tuyen also requested to speed up the vaccination schedule when the vaccine arrives at the locality on the approved master vaccination plan. Localities do not limit injection sites, the number of people injecting, ensuring epidemic prevention and vaccination safety.

Deputy Minister Tuyen held an online meeting with 12 southwestern provinces on the afternoon of August 18. Photo: Nguyen Nhien.

Since the end of July, the Ministry of Health has established 4 working groups including many experts to support 12 western provinces in fighting the epidemic.

“The goal is to control the epidemic by August 25, and soon push back the epidemic in these provinces and across the country,” the deputy minister said.

Ho Chi Minh City aims to control the epidemic by September 15, while the provinces of Binh Duong, Long An and Dong Nai set a target before September 1.

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