Ho Chi Minh City retains three field hospitals with ICUs

Ho Chi Minh City will retain the field hospitals 13, 14, 16 with emergency resuscitation centers (ICUs), and gradually reduce the function of other field hospitals, from now until the end of December.

The information was announced by Ms. Nguyen Thi Huynh Mai, Chief of the Office of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health at a press conference to provide information on the prevention of Covid-19, on the afternoon of September 26.

The city plans to shrink field hospitals to pay the initial function of non-Covid medical examination and treatment, to care for and protect people’s health. “During this period, protecting people’s lives is a top priority. Thus, depending on the epidemic situation, the city will narrow down the appropriate hospital beds, monitoring and treatment facilities for Covid-19 patients. “, said Mrs. Mai. The Department of Health assessed that the city has now passed the peak of the epidemic, and the anti-epidemic is having a good effect.

According to the plan, Thu Dung field hospitals will shrink when “mission has been completed, there are no more Covid-19 patients”. The roadmap is that by the end of December, field hospitals that used to be utilized from educational institutions such as schools, dormitories… will return their functions to the school.

“The health sector will arrange and restructure the field facilities associated with the resuscitation center into a three-storey Covid-19 hospital. In which, three hospitals will be retained as field No. 13, 14, 16”, Mrs. Mai said.

Hospitals in the green zone, by the end of September will return the function to participate in the treatment of non-Covid-19 patients. In this group, District 7 Hospital and Cu Chi Regional General Hospital are converting back to function.

Earlier, at a press conference on the afternoon of September 22, Ms. Mai also said that the city was building a roadmap to convert the functions of 80 first- and second-floor hospitals to their original functions, to perform the task of healthcare. health and other diseases Covid-19 for the people. Particularly, 10 hospitals on the third floor (treating severe and critical patients) remain unchanged because severe Covid-19 cases require prolonged treatment.

Sharing more about the number of ICU beds available, Ms. Mai said, according to level 4 in interim guidance for safe, flexible adaptation and effective control of Covid-19, the rate of severe disease is at less than 150 cases per 100,000 population. Currently, the city has 3,286 ICU beds, ensuring good service in emergency situations at the highest level.

A doctor treats and takes care of patients at the Covid-19 Resuscitation Hospital located at Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital, Campus 2, September 13. Photo: Quynh Tran

As of 6pm on September 25, the city recorded 367,081 Covid-19 cases announced by the Ministry of Health. 39,208 people are being treated, of which 1,918 severe patients are on mechanical ventilation, 23 patients have ECMO intervention (extracorporeal circulatory system). On September 25, there were 131 more deaths, on September 24 there were 123 cases, the lowest in more than a month (since August 22, before the city increased the distance).

“The number of seriously ill patients on ventilators and deaths is decreasing, showing an optimistic signal,” said Pham Duc Hai, deputy head of the Ho Chi Minh City Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control.

The cumulative number of discharged patients so far is 190,573. The city has administered a total of 9,441,815 injections, including 6,814,687 first shots and 2,627,128 second injections.

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