Nearly 400 mobile medical stations respond to Omicron

Ho Chi Minh City maintains 391 mobile medical stations across the city although the number of new infections has decreased, in order to be ready to cope with the Omicron mutation.

On the afternoon of January 10, Chief of Office of the Department of Health Nguyen Thi Huynh Mai said at a press conference on epidemic prevention and control, in addition to these 391 mobile medical stations, there are also 310 inherent medical stations in each commune, ward, town. 406 military doctors are in charge of 168 mobile stations, the number of which can be increased or decreased depending on the epidemic situation.

“When the military medical force withdrew before the Lunar New Year as planned, the mobile stations remained active, not because of the increase in F0 but to actively respond to the Omicron mutation,” Mai said.

According to Ms. Mai, personnel to receive mobile medical stations are mobilized by the city from many sources. The first is that personnel from hospitals will be allocated to 150 mobile stations.Monday is to mobilize newly graduated doctors from Pham Ngoc Thach Medical University and Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy to volunteer to the health station. With this group of young doctors, the Department of Health will have professional guidance training as well as appropriate mechanisms and policies to ensure their operation when working at the mobile station.

Tuesday is about more than 300 5th and 6th year students of medical schools in the area mobilized to be volunteers to support the work of visiting, taking care of patients, vaccinating, taking samples for Covid-19 testing.

In addition, the People’s Committees of the districts will also arrange to arrange medical personnel in the area to operate the mobile medical station, including personnel from fixed medical stations, private health clinics, pharmacies, medical centers, and medical centers. Oriental Medicine Association, Red Cross, volunteers… “The number of mobile stations also depends on the epidemic situation and the number of F0 being isolated and treated at home”, Ms. Mai said.

District 8 is a green zone continuously for 13 weeks the city has assessed the epidemic level. In the last 4 days, the number of new cases recorded in this district has decreased sharply, to less than 20 cases per day; There have been no F0 deaths in the past two months in the community. The district still maintains 26 mobile medical stations (including 7 stations operated by military medics, 3 stations operated by district hospitals and 16 stations operated by private hospitals), said Mr. Nguyen Thanh Sang, District Vice Chairman.

Mr. Sang said that knowing in advance that 7 military medical stations would withdraw troops, the district took the initiative to establish 16 stations from medical staff, district private doctors, Red Cross volunteers… in 16 wards. to take care of F0. At the same time, the district mobilized 37 volunteers who are F0 to recover from the disease, trained more than 300 private pharmacies to participate in supporting mobile stations to take care and manage F0 at home to reduce the load on field hospitals and facilities. centralized isolation facility.

The medical team of the mobile medical station in ward 11, Binh Thanh district, is preparing to take samples for testing and provide quick test instructions for people in the area on August 23, 2021. Photo: Quynh Tran

Regarding ensuring policies for personnel at mobile medical stations, the Chief of Office of the Department of Health said that medical staff sent from hospitals will receive salaries and anti-epidemic allowances; Volunteer students are entitled to an anti-epidemic allowance. In addition, there is a one-time payment allowance according to Resolution No. 12 of the National Assembly Standing Committee. Student volunteers who have not received this amount will be paid in full.

Ho Chi Minh City has also issued a plan to take care of the Lunar New Year for subjects, including epidemic prevention forces, field hospitals, and mobile medical stations. According to the prescribed spending level, each mobile station will receive a gift of one million dong; each individual receives one million dong.

As of the afternoon of January 9, the city recorded 508,502 Covid-19 cases announced by the Ministry of Health. Currently 4,602 patients are being treated, including 91 children under 16 years old, 305 severe patients on ventilators; 18 patients required ECMO (extracorporeal circulatory system) intervention. During the day, there were 257 hospitalizations, 282 discharges, 19 deaths.

The total number of vaccines the city has organized is more than 8 million first shots and more than 7.1 million second shots. In addition, nearly 3 million triples have been completed, including more than 421,000 additional injections and more than 2.5 million boosters.

It is expected that by the end of January, the city will complete the third vaccination plan. In 2022, the city will continue to give injections to people who have not had enough basic and 3rd doses as well as vaccination for those who have not yet been vaccinated. The group of 5-11-year-olds has a list of expected vaccines, when the Ministry of Health has specific instructions, they will be vaccinated immediately, said Nguyen Hong Tam, deputy director in charge of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. City Diseases (HCDC) information.

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