The Health Minister requested to provide enough facilities for ICU centers

Visiting two ICU centers run by Viet Duc and Bach Mai hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City this morning, Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long emphasized the need to ensure equipment.

“How can doctors have the best weapons (against Covid-19) and patients can be treated as quickly as possible,” said Mr. Long to the Special Standing Department of the Ministry of Health in Ho Chi Minh City. He emphasized the issue of ensuring oxygen for Covid-19 patients, requiring ICU centers to ensure the amount of oxygen and compressed air in large tanks.

50,000 bottles of muscle relaxants this afternoon were brought to the ICU Center of Bach Mai Hospital, supplementing the amount of medicine needed for treatment. Previously, the ministry set up a field warehouse, distributed equipment and consumables, and transferred 2,000 high-function ventilators and medical equipment to the south to fight the epidemic.

Mr. Long also requested coordination between the Ministry of Health and localities to send specialized human resources to work at these ICU centers.

The ICU centers in charge of Bach Mai and Viet Duc hospitals have been put into operation a few days ago, next to another center run by Hue Central Hospital that is installing equipment. The centers are tasked with treating critically ill patients with Covid-19. The target capacity of each center is 500 beds, which is being gradually installed in terms of equipment and gradually added in human resources.

Professor Tran Binh Giang, Director of Viet Duc Hospital, said that by the morning of August 16, the Center had treated 98 serious patients. Human resources here include more than 300 Vietnamese-German and Central Tropical Medicine doctors. Of the 500 beds, there are 200 resuscitation beds.

One of the urgent requirements for the treatment of patients here is oxygen and drugs to increase health and fight viruses. The center has installed a large capacity liquid oxygen tank, but more patients are still needed because more and more patients are coming.

At the ICU center in charge of Bach Mai, Doctor Do Ngoc Son, deputy head of the A9 Emergency Department, said 250 serious patients were being treated, of which 50 were on ventilators.

Bach Mai mobilized more than 200 doctors and nurses from Hanoi, in addition to working at the ICU, also supporting treatment facilities in Districts 7 and 8. Yesterday, 23 critically ill patients were discharged from the center.

The ICU center of Viet Duc Hospital is treating severe Covid-19 patients. Photo: Vu Manh Cuong

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