Ho Chi Minh City dissolves the largest Covid-19 ICU center

The 1,000-bed Covid-19 Resuscitation Center (ICU) in Thu Duc will stop operating because it has run out of patients and return the facility to the 2nd Oncology Hospital.

“The Covid-19 resuscitation center located at the Oncology Hospital 2nd base has so far completed its mission,” Chief of Office of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health Nguyen Thi Huynh Mai said at a press conference on epidemic prevention in the afternoon. 10/2. It is not clear when this ICU center will completely shut down.

This is the largest ICU center for Covid-19 patients in Ho Chi Minh City as well as the whole country. In mid-July, 2021, the Covid-19 epidemic in the city was complicated, the number of new cases, severe cases and deaths increased. The city then requisitioned the Oncology Hospital 2, which had just been built, to establish an ICU center for severe and critical F0 treatment, with a scale of 1,000 beds. Since then, the center has treated more than 5,000 critically ill patients.

According to Ms. Mai, there are currently two reasons to dissolve this ICU. The first, the number of Covid-19 patients in the severe and critical groups being treated here has gradually decreased over the past time and is now close to zero. Those who have been treated stably and are eligible will be discharged or, depending on their condition, transferred to two ICUs at two field hospitals 14 and 16. Patients are still guaranteed treatment benefits. Based on the actual situation, Cho Ray Hospital (the unit assigned to manage and operate the ICU), proposed the dissolution of the center, and the Department of Health surveyed and assessed the suitability of the City People’s Committee.

Monday, the initial goal of building the Oncology Hospital 2 was to serve people with cancer-related diseases. The treatment needs of cancer patients are increasing, so it’s time to open up to serve cancer patients according to the original purpose.

According to Mai, although the largest Covid-19 ICU is closed, Ho Chi Minh City is always ready for 1,000 ICU beds for Covid-19 patients, including 600 beds in two resuscitation centers located at two field hospitals No. and 16; 200 beds at Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases and 200 beds at Cho Ray.

Medical staff treat critically ill patients at the Covid-19 Resuscitation Center on July 19, 2021. Photo: Thanh Nguyen

In addition, Ms. Mai said that Ho Chi Minh City will also close the No. 12 Field Hospital (a unit dedicated to collecting and treating F0 infected with the Omicron variant), along with two field hospitals No. 6 and 8. Nguyen. The patient is out of F0 and the facilities of these hospitals requisitioning the apartment building are not yet in operation, so in terms of conditions, it is difficult to take good care of the patients. The Ministry of Health also directed: Omicron-infected patients are not only confined to 12 field hospitals but can choose to be isolated and treated at a private hospital or at home. Therefore, hospital number 12 has also completed its mission, possibly closing.

Thus, the city continues to maintain field hospitals, Covid-19 treatment facilities in the district and Linh Trung export processing zone and high-tech park in Ho Chi Minh City; field hospitals 13, 14, 16. Pham Ngoc Thach, Trung Vuong, An Binh, Cu Chi district hospitals, Le Minh Xuan Covid-19 treatment hospital have converted or “split” to treat Covid-19 treatment will restore its original functions and establish more Covid-19 treatment departments and units.

“When necessary, within 24 hours, the Department of Health will reactivate temporarily suspended Covid-19 treatment hospitals,” Mai said.

As of the afternoon of February 9, the city recorded more than 515,000 cases of Covid-19 (announced by the Ministry of Health), mainly community cases. 618 patients are being treated, of which 88 severe cases are on mechanical ventilation; Thirteen patients required ECMO (extracorporeal circulatory system) intervention. On February 9, there were 97 more hospitalizations, 39 discharges, and 4 deaths. To date, the city has recorded 92 cases of Omicron strain and no deaths from this new strain.

The chief of staff of the Department of Health said that the number of new infections has decreased to 3 digits per day, but is expected to increase in the next few days. However, the number of severe cases, ventilators and deaths are decreasing, due to the good treatment process.

The total number of vaccines the city has organized is more than 8.1 million first shots and nearly 7.3 million second shots. In addition, more than 4.5 million triples were deployed, including more than 661,000 boosters and more than 3.9 million boosters. The city is trying to achieve the goal of covering the third nose for 80% of the people.

Preparing to inject Covid-19 vaccine for the group of 5-11 years old, the city has made a list of children, prepared injection teams from children’s hospitals, and emergency teams… ready to deploy safe injection as soon as possible. The Ministry of Health directs vaccination.

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