Two dormitories in Ho Chi Minh City converted into 5,000-bed field hospitals

On June 26, the Department of Health decided to establish two field hospitals from two dormitories of the Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City, increasing the number of beds for Covid-19 treatment to 10,000.

The dormitory of the Center for Defense and Security Education at No. 1 Le Quy Don, Urban Area of ​​Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City, became the “No. 1 field hospital for Covid-19 treatment”, scale of 1,000 bed. Dormitory area A in Quarter 6, Linh Trung ward, Thu Duc city, became the “No. 2 field hospital for Covid-19 treatment”, with a scale of 4,000 beds.

According to the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health, the No. 1 Covid-19 field hospital is expected to operate from June 26. Depending on the number of new cases, the No. 2 hospital will operate at the request of the Ho Chi Minh City Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control.

The Department of Health will rotate doctors and nurses from public hospitals to participate in the treatment of patients. In the first stage, priority is to be given to selecting employees who have participated in Cu Chi Field Hospital because of their experience in working in a field hospital environment.

The Board of Directors and leaders of functional departments operate on a part-time basis, including personnel from the health sector, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City and the Ho Chi Minh City Command. Logistics personnel are used from human resources who are working in two concentrated isolation areas of Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City.

Each hospital has at least one ambulance on duty to promptly transfer patients to hospitals assigned to treat Covid-19. The 115 Emergency Center in Ho Chi Minh City coordinates to increase ambulances when there is a request for hospital transfer.

In case RT-PCR testing is required, staff collect samples on site and send samples to confirmation laboratories. City hospitals support mobile vehicles to perform basic blood tests, chest X-rays on the spot.

Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases is responsible for training on diagnostic and treatment guidelines for medical staff of field hospitals. This place will also consult and provide professional advice at the request of doctors working in field hospitals.

Recently, the Department of Health has converted the functions of a number of district hospitals, general and specialized hospitals of the city into hospitals specializing in receiving and treating Covid-19 with a total scale of 5,000 people. bed and has been effective.

The Department of Health of Ho Chi Minh City said that the number of infections in the city has surpassed 2,000 and is expected to continue to increase rapidly in the near future, with the addition of field hospitals specializing in the treatment of cases. New cases or cases being isolated from F1 to F0 but no symptoms or only mild symptoms (accounting for about 80%) are essential. This also reduces the load on hospitals that have converted their functions to focus on treating severe cases, minimizing the mortality rate.

Through studying the effectiveness of the “three-storey tower” model of Covid19 treatment facilities in Bac Giang province being implemented by the Ministry of Health, the Department of Health considers this model to be the right solution for nowaday situation.

According to this model, the city has specialized hospitals for intensive resuscitation for severe and critical Covid-19 cases (on the third floor of the pyramid) and hospitals specializing in Covid-19 treatment. (on the second floor of the tower) with a total capacity of 5,000 beds. Corresponding to the first floor of the pyramid, field hospitals will receive treatment for newly infected or isolated cases (F1, F2) and change to F0 but have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, which are expected to require treatment. 5,000-10,000 beds.

Ho Chi Minh City is in the midst of the largest community-based Covid-19 outbreak ever, with 2,960 cases from April 27 to June 26, ranking second in the country in the fourth outbreak, after Bac Giang.

Cu Chi Field Hospital has been operating since February 2020, with a scale of 300 beds, renovated from the facilities of the Military School of Ho Chi Minh City. Image: Quynh Tran.

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Le Phuong