9 Ho Chi Minh City health goals in 2022

Assessing the difficulty of predicting Covid-19 in 2022, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health set nine goals, mainly for epidemic control based on lessons learned over the past time.

During the 4th epidemic, the health sector still has many limitations in forecasting, testing, treatment, and grassroots medical capacity has not met the needs…, according to the Department of Health. The vaccination campaign on an unprecedented scale also has many shortcomings. The application of information technology is not effective, the software has many problems, from medical declaration software to vaccination… not effectively connected.

The city has gradually overcome, adjusted strategies, implemented many innovative models such as “sister hospital” directly supporting “younger hospital”, setting up hundreds of mobile medical stations for the first time, build a 3-storey field hospital, network Doctor’s Companion, remote F0 consultation, transforming passenger transport vehicles and taxis into patient transport vehicles, community-based F0 care…

“So far, the city has basically controlled the epidemic. However, with the complicated nature of the global epidemic, it is difficult to predict which direction the epidemic will develop in 2022,” according to the Department of Health. . Faced with this situation, the Department of Health has developed nine strategies to both control the epidemic and strengthen the health system, the ultimate goal of which is to take better care of people’s health.

Safe adaptive health strategy, effective disease control

The health sector continues to deploy Covid-19 vaccine and epidemic prevention activities, prepare human resources, improve the quality of management, care and treatment of people with Covid-19. One of the spearheads is to focus on protecting people in risk groups and solutions to reduce mortality.

Medical staff in Ward 3, District 8, Ho Chi Minh City visit and give medicine to people with Covid-19 for home treatment, August 29, 2021. Photo: Quynh Tran

Restoration of medical examination and treatment activities

Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health restructured medical examination and treatment facilities, ensuring treatment for Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 patients. The health sector will determine the post-Covid-19 disease pattern and provide corresponding services, ensuring the benefits of health insurance participants.

The city is promoting the transformation of operating model according to family medicine principles at health stations, taking care of people with chronic diseases. The capacity of emergency resuscitation at medical examination and treatment facilities, infection control activities, and clinical pharmacy will be strengthened.

Stabilize hospital income during prolonged epidemic situation

Many hospitals and medical centers have had serious revenue problems in the past time due to few patients visiting, medical staff going to the frontline to support the epidemic, temporarily suspending medical examination and treatment services, changing functions. Covid-19 treatment…

The Department of Health will study and propose mechanisms to help financial institutions stabilize their finances during a prolonged epidemic situation and improve financial management capacity.

Increase medical manpower

This year, the Department of Health of Ho Chi Minh City implemented a project to convert medical centers and hospitals of districts, Thu Duc city to local management. In addition, the health sector will implement a project to improve grassroots medical capacity, train and develop specialized human resources at the hospital; attract human resources for difficult-to-recruit positions.

Developing pharmaceutical industry, improving capacity of Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control

The city launched a project to improve the capacity of the Center for Disease Control on a par with other countries in the region; together with the project on developing the city’s pharmaceutical industry to 2030, with a vision to 2045. The medical examination and treatment establishments should improve the capacity of supplying and managing drugs, equipment and medical supplies. Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health strengthens supervision and inspection of procurement work at public medical facilities.

Digital transformation, building big data of the medical industry

The city continues to create electronic health records of each person in the area after the hiatus due to Covid-19, thereby building big data on people’s health situation, helping to assess and forecast. disease model.

In addition, the city built a digital platform to manage the Covid-19 epidemic, deployed an operating system for the emergency network outside the hospital, and piloted medical equipment management software. The health sector also focuses on building an interoperable platform, connecting data on epidemic prevention and medical examination and treatment data. Building big data on pharmacy practice certificates, digital transformation of the management of pharmaceutical and cosmetic practice establishments.

Speed ​​up hospital construction

A series of new construction projects are expected to be completed and operational this year, including Blood Transfusion and Hematology Hospital, Nguyen Trai Hospital, Children’s Hospital 1, Rehabilitation – Occupational Diseases Hospital. Forensic Center.

The completed works will be put into operation, including the Oncology Hospital (base 2), the High-Tech Park of the 115 People’s Hospital. The infrastructure of the ward and commune health stations will also be improved. Upgrade to be qualified to operate according to the principles of family medicine.

Administrative reform

The city built an information page about the situation of the Covid-19 epidemic, assessing the quality criteria for communication and health education.

Regarding administrative procedures, the health sector deploys online public services at its units, integrating it into the Department’s online public service portal; Apply digital signature when sending and receiving electronic documents…

Management of private medical practice

The Department of Health of Ho Chi Minh City will pilot private medical and pharmaceutical practice establishments participating in epidemic prevention and control, and at the same time check the quality of general and specialized clinics (cosmetic, maxillofacial). The city has strengthened the inspection of private medical and pharmaceutical practice establishments, the sale of prescription drugs, and the provision of linked accounts on the national pharmacy data portal for drug wholesalers.

Le Phuong