Ho Chi Minh City84 students and lecturers of Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine joined the team of “emergency taxis to transfer patients” and operated the 115 switchboard to guide people to take care of F0, F1, and other diseases.
Volunteers start work on July 28. In which, 50 people join the “emergency taxi to transfer patients” squad, 30 people are on duty at the 115 Emergency Center located at Quang Trung Software Park, District 12. Particularly 4 lecturers will participate in emergency stations. save satellite 115.
The operator will receive information, coordinate disease transfer, connect health consultants for patients at home. The taxi squad will receive coordination from them, transferring cases showing signs of worsening from the locality to the treatment facility.
According to specialist doctor 1 Nguyen Duy Long (Director of 115 Emergency Center in Ho Chi Minh City), the epidemic situation is very stressful, F0 is increasing, the number of severe cases is also increasing, so all calls related to Health issues in the blockade areas, isolation areas … all call to switchboard 115. Previously, the switchboard received 1,200 calls a day, but last time, especially last week, received more than 5,000 calls. The base of the switchboard located in District 10, increased from 8 to 14 lines, is still not enough.
Recently, the city directed to move the switchboard to Quang Trung Software Park to increase it to 40 lines, which means that more personnel are needed to receive calls with the goal of “all calls to the 115 switchboard will be answered. for the citizen”. “The increase of 30 volunteers will help the switchboard work more smoothly. The switchboard will be divided into 3 teams to coordinate: mild asymptomatic F0, severe F0, taxi support coordination. In addition, you can can advise more on health issues,” said Dr. Long.
Regarding the means of transport for patients, Dr. Long said that traditional ambulances are in short supply, although the city has mobilized from many places in the past time. Currently, 115 Emergency Center manages 23 ambulances, while 38 satellite stations manage ambulances under district hospitals are all operating at full capacity. Therefore, the Department of Health has just set up a fleet of quick response vehicles, upgraded from taxis to arrange more medical equipment to convert functions. The second wing of the volunteer squad will be the manpower to participate in these ambulances.
Ho Chi Minh City is also deploying 5 satellite emergency stations to support ambulance routes and support emergency operations on the spot. This squad has 4 lecturers from Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine.
“Human resources are a valuable asset in the current anti-epidemic situation. Volunteers must maintain their health, adhere to anti-epidemic discipline, overcome difficulties and unite to win the epidemic,” said Dr. Long. .
Professor, Doctor, Doctor Nguyen Thanh Hiep (Rector of Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine) expressed his gratitude to the 84 students and lecturers of the university who have accompanied the medical profession. He said that the volunteers will work alternate shifts, eat and sleep at the workplace to ensure safety in the fight against the epidemic. In addition, they will be given priority support for vaccination against Covid-19 and benefits for volunteers directly participating in anti-epidemic activities according to current regulations.
“The pandemic will last at least until the vaccine is covered. Volunteers need to keep themselves healthy to protect people and patients,” said Mr. Hiep, and did not forget to remind “you also pay attention. arrange time to study online”.
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