Health Minister: ‘Can Tho prepares for a worse situation’

As of 9am on July 31, Can Tho recorded 1,349 Covid-19 cases, 21 major outbreaks, mainly in Cai Rang, Ninh Kieu, Binh Thuy, O Mon and Thoi Lai districts. The information was informed by Mr. Duong Tan Hien, Vice Chairman of Can Tho City People’s Committee, during a meeting with Minister Long on July 31.

42 isolation areas in Can Tho have the capacity to receive 6,517 people. It is expected that the city will set up 34 more isolation areas to increase the isolation capacity to about 11,000. The city has started to deploy the 4th round of vaccination, which is expected to inject about 12,000 doses/day.

Secretary of Can Tho City Party Committee Le Quang Manh acknowledged that the epidemic trend is still increasing despite great efforts in implementing prevention solutions. The city implements treatment stratification, but it is in need of treatment support from the Ministry of Health.

Minister Long assessed the epidemiological analysis that the delay in case detection in Can Tho was very long, up to 9 days, which means that there have been at least 4 infection cycles. “Thus, the epidemic is already in the community and more infections can be detected. This is our concern with Can Tho,” the minister said.

Therefore, the Minister requested that Can Tho now need to “determine for a worse situation”. The city needs to strictly implement Directive 16, the more strictly, the more thoroughly it is implemented, the more new chains of infection can be prevented.

About the testAccording to the Minister, when detecting an infection in an area, the area is not known as the source of community transmission and is likely to spread in the area, it must immediately be zoned to take samples for testing. After the test results are available, the blockade will be shortened to reduce the impact on the people.

“In order to slow down the infection, it is necessary to increase testing capacity and speed up the time to return sample results. Currently, Can Tho is returning samples slowly,” the Minister assessed.

In the blocked areas, samples are taken every 3 days, taken by households with the form of rapid test pooled samples. It is not necessary to focus on sampling but divide into many small points, which can be sampled at home. Negative results still require people to comply with epidemic prevention measures. If the result is positive, it is necessary to quickly send the person to quarantine.

The Ministry of Health will provide more mobile testing vehicles for Can Tho University of Medicine and Pharmacy for rapid testing for the city. Each vehicle can make 2,000 samples/day. The Ministry of Health will also provide more rapid tests for Can Tho, but the city needs to actively purchase equipment, biological products and supplies for epidemic prevention.

On August 1, the Ministry of Health will send a leading expert on viruses and testing, Associate Professor Le Thi Quynh Mai, Deputy Director of the Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, to support Can Tho.

Regarding isolation, The minister recommended that Can Tho must implement F1 isolation as quickly as possible, boldly implement a pilot of F1 isolation at home. Promoting the role of the community Covid team to firmly grasp the situation in the area in order to promptly and promptly inform the epidemic prevention steering committee from the grassroots level.

The police force received the task of tracing the epidemic. The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Public Security have provided specialized training in tracing for this force.

Regarding treatment, About 80% of patients in this epidemic have no symptoms, said Luong Ngoc Khue, director of the Department of Medical Examination and Treatment, that Can Tho seriously needs to implement the 3-storey tower treatment model. Quickly refer severe cases for timely treatment.

The Ministry of Health will set up a 500-bed Resuscitation Center in Can Tho, which can be raised to 800-1,000 beds in case of necessity. This center is regional in nature, not only serving Can Tho. The Ministry of Health will work with Hospital 103 and send experts from the hospital to support the operation of this Center. However, Can Tho actively coordinates patients, avoiding transferring mild patients to the “3rd floor”, but only for severe, very serious patients, emergency and mechanical ventilation.

In addition, a 200-bed Intensive Care Center is being set up at Can Tho Central General Hospital.

The Ministry of Health asked Can Tho to quickly review the private health system in the area to mobilize, regulate and use it appropriately.


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