Scenario to respond to Covid-19 outbreak in Ho Chi Minh City

Facing the risk that the epidemic could re-emerge, 37 hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City have set up Covid-19 treatment departments, a three-storey 1,000-bed field hospital is still maintained.

On July 7, Deputy Chief of Office of the Department of Health Le Thien Quynh Nhu at a press conference on the prevention of the Covid-19 epidemic and economic recovery in Ho Chi Minh City, said that the health sector has prepared a scenario to collect money. Use F0 treatment in case Covid flares up again.

At that time, home F0, of which the high-risk group, was still managed by the health station with the help of digital conversion tools. In addition, all hospitals in the city perform two functions simultaneously, both providing medical examination and treatment and treating F0 with acute or chronic diseases, or accompanying underlying diseases in departments and units. Covid-19 treatment staff. Currently, 37 public and private hospitals have established Covid-19 departments and units, the number of beds for Covid patients accounts for 10% of the hospital’s total beds. As of July 7, the city has 21 F0s being treated at hospitals.

Localities will closely monitor the number of cases in the area, if there is a risk of increasing patients, they will activate field hospitals. According to Ms. Nhu, recently, the number of new cases in the city averages about 28-30 cases per day. When the number of F0 admitted to the hospital is full of all Covid treatment beds (prepared), the city will activate the field hospital.

The three-storey field hospital number 13, with a scale of 1,000 beds specializing in F0 storage, is still maintained by the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, but is temporarily stopped accepting patients. Hospitals for Tropical Diseases in HCMC, Children’s Hospitals 1, 2 and City Children, along with central hospitals such as Cho Ray, Thong Nhat, Military Medicine 175 continue to act as the last line of Covid-19 treatment. 19.

Thus, the total number of Covid treatment beds currently in the city is 2,057, of which 766 have oxygen machines, 300 beds for emergency and intensive care (ICU).

During the strong outbreak in Ho Chi Minh City from May 2021, the Covid-19 Resuscitation Center located at the Oncology Hospital 2, with a scale of nearly 1,000 beds, was always in a severe overload of F0. Image: Thanh Nguyen

Nhu also said that in order to promptly adapt to the situation of F0 rising again, the Department of Health also requires districts to have plans to be ready to reopen field hospitals. In the coming time, when 100% of hospitals in the area (except for cosmetic hospitals) establish Covid treatment departments and units, the total number of beds will be increased to 10,000, including 1,000 ICU beds.

Covid-19 is still classified as a group A infectious disease by the Ministry of Health, so people with Covid continue to receive free examination and treatment.

Nguyen Hong Tam, deputy director of the city’s Center for Disease Control (HCDC), added that in addition to treatment tasks, the health sector will monitor the circulation of new nCoV strains from now until the end of the year. Through monitoring the situation of the number of new cases, if a district or district has a rapid increase in the number of cases, HCDC will randomly take samples from households and hospitals to send to the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City for viral gene sequencing. In addition, the city also accelerated the rate of vaccination against 3 and 4 vaccines to reduce the risk of disease outbreaks again.

According to the Department of Health’s report on the epidemic situation in the first 6 months of the year, in the past 21 days, since June 12, the number of new cases of Covid-19 in Ho Chi Minh City has tended to increase slightly, leading to an increase in the number of severe cases for more than a year. the last 10 days. Recently two new strains of Omicron, BA.4 and BA.5 have appeared in the city. Director of the Department of Health Tang Chi Thuong is concerned that the risk of Covid-19 resurgence and overlapping with the dengue fever epidemic is in an increasing cycle.

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