‘Bac Lieu does not control the epidemic quickly, it will break out like Ho Chi Minh City’

Director of Cho Ray Hospital Nguyen Tri Thuc, who is supporting Bac Lieu hospital, said that the epidemic situation in this province is very stressful, the number of community cases is high while the vaccine coverage rate is low.

“Many clusters of community cases do not know the source of the infection, cannot be traced in time, and the developments are very complicated,” said Dr. VnExpress, on 3/11. Leaders of Cho Ray Hospital said that if Bac Lieu is not controlled quickly, there will be a risk of a big outbreak like the one in Ho Chi Minh City recently. At that time, the medical capacity of Bac Lieu could hardly meet the needs, especially the thin health system, the lack of facilities for epidemic prevention and control.

According to Doctor Thuc, Bac Lieu currently “requires an urgent fight against the epidemic, mobilizing all resources to control it as quickly as possible”. Under the direction of Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long, Cho Ray Hospital will export the Ministry of Health’s stockpile to support medical equipment and supplies for Bac Lieu province.

Director of Cho Ray Hospital Nguyen Tri Thuc in a meeting with provincial leaders and Bac Lieu health sector on November 2. Photo: Hospital provides

“Oxygen is an important factor to help limit the number of aggravation and deaths due to Covid-19, Cho Ray also supports Bac Lieu to quickly prepare,” said Dr. Thuc. Many businesses from Ho Chi Minh City have supported this province with ventilators, mobile vaccination vehicles, oxygen filling stations, Covid-19 treatment equipment and machinery, protective equipment…

Cho Ray Hospital shared 35,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and 18,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine, Thong Nhat Hospital shared 5,000 doses of AstraZenca for Bac Lieu province. On November 2, two PCR testing machines and experts from Cho Ray Hospital came and set up testing stations at Gia Rai Town Medical Center and Phuoc Long District Medical Center.

A team of Cho Ray medical staff led by Dr. Huynh Quang Dai (Emergency Department) has been present in Bac Lieu since October 27 to conduct field visits at medical facilities across the province, including Ho Chi Minh City. Bac Lieu, Gia Rai town, Phuoc Long district, Hong Dan, Vinh Loi, Dong Hai… Another team led by Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Sang (Department of Tropical Diseases) after supporting Soc Trang province since yesterday October 15, also continued to coordinate support Bac Lieu.

From the agesexperience during the epidemic in Ho Chi Minh City Recently, a team of experts from Cho Ray Hospital helped Bac Lieu establish treatment floors and create connections between floors. The purpose is to improve the capacity of emergency resuscitation, installation of liquid oxygen systems, infection control, testing procedures, blood preparation for patient treatment… 12 Cho Ray doctors and nurses continue to stay in Bac Lieu to support local health care until the epidemic is under control.

According to Dr. Thuc, in order to well organize home isolation, local health care must create peace of mind for people by establishing a smooth communication line with medical staff and establishing mobile medical stations. , community Covid-19 team, mobile emergency team, instructions on using medicine bags for F0 at home… In addition, note the isolation conditions at home, not everyone is allowed to monitor at home, especially for people with underlying medical conditions.

“In the treatment of Covid-19 patients, the classification of the disease is very important, who has had two doses of the vaccine or not enough two doses, has not been vaccinated, asymptomatic patients, elderly … Each group has its own method. monitor and take care of themselves,” emphasized Doctor Thuc. The health sector must establish a division to coordinate ambulances and coordinate the hospital network to receive patients appropriately. At medical facilities, mobilize volunteers and mild patients to care for severe patients.

Doctors of Cho Ray Hospital survey the reality of Covid-19 treatment in Bac Lieu province.  Photo: Provided by the hospital.

Doctors of Cho Ray Hospital survey the reality of Covid-19 treatment in Bac Lieu province. Photo: Hospital provides

Along with the reinforcement delegation from Cho Ray, on November 2, the Department of Health of Ho Chi Minh City sent 12 doctors and nurses from Nguyen Tri Phuong Hospital, led by the director of the hospital, Bac Lieu branch. In addition to Covid-19 special drugs, the delegation brought along 14 types of medical equipment necessary for the treatment and care of seriously ill patients.

In recent days, Bac Lieu has recorded about 300-400 cases of Covid-19 per day, bringing the total number of cases in the 4th outbreak to more than 4,230. From 12:00 on November 2, Bac Lieu province upgraded the epidemic prevention and control level from level 2 – medium risk (yellow zone) to level 4 – very high risk level (red zone).

Over the past time, doctors and nurses from Ho Chi Minh City have been on their way to support other provinces that are experiencing outbreaks of epidemics such as Dak Lak, Ca Mau, Soc Trang, Ninh Thuan, An Giang; while the situation in Ho Chi Minh City has cooled down after more than 5 months of anti-epidemic, entering a new phase of opening and adapting.

Le Phuong