Two reasons why the number of deaths in Ho Chi Minh City is still high

According to Ms. Nguyen Thi Huynh Mai, Chief of Office of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health, the number of F0 increases, the more severe patients increase; Elderly people with many underlying diseases are also infected with Covid-19, so the risk of death is very high.

On the afternoon of November 22, at a press conference on the prevention of Covid-19, the Department of Health said that in three days from November 19 to November 21, Ho Chi Minh City recorded 151 deaths from Covid-19, including 18 background disease. In which, 75% of cases did not receive any Covid-19 vaccine, or did not receive enough doses (just given one dose).

Explaining the reason why people do not vaccinate, Mai said that they are contraindicated for vaccination and are elderly but their families cannot afford or are afraid to access vaccines. Therefore, when there are too many underlying diseases, plus Covid-19, the probability of the patient dying is “very very high”.

With cases of death despite having previously received two doses of vaccine, the Chief of Office of the Department of Health said that, if counted in terms of individuals – that is, a person vaccinated with the vaccine will be immune, this death is “a bit unusual”. “. However, in terms of community factors – an increase in F0 number will lead to some severe cases. In particular, in the past time, despite good vaccine coverage, when F0 increases, there will be about 15-20% of severe disease, mainly in the elderly, with underlying diseases. In this 15-20% there are 5% really really heavy conversions.

“A high F0 will lead to death. This is inevitable,” said Mai, and said the principle to reduce mortality is to reduce F0 and reduce the number of hospital admissions. Therefore, people need to raise public awareness, not to be subjective, even though they have had two doses of the vaccine, they still have to perform 5K as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Regarding the Department of Health’s application for 100,000 doses of the antiviral drug molnupiravir, this morning the Ministry of Health has transferred 5,000 doses. Thus, with about 2,000 doses in stock, the city currently has about 7,000 doses of this drug. In the near future, the Ministry will transfer more drugs to the city according to demand.

As for drug B packages (anticoagulants, anti-inflammatory drugs), the Department of Health will issue instructions for using the new version of F0 home medicine bags, thereby reducing the number of B bags and allowing them to be used when people are sick. patients to treatment facilities, according to the protocol of the Ministry of Health.

Currently, drug package B is not widely distributed like drug A package (vitamins, antipyretic) but only applied to cases with mild symptoms, early onset. Medicines are managed by health stations and are only distributed after a doctor examines them and prescribes them to use them, depending on the severity of the disease. The patient will be given a dose and then taken to the hospital for further treatment.

Ho Chi Minh City currently records nearly 457,000 Covid-19 cases, announced by the Ministry of Health. More than 13,700 patients are being treated, including 574 children under 16 years old, 327 critically ill patients on mechanical ventilation, 9 patients with ECMO (extracorporeal circulatory system) intervention. On November 21, there were 1,223 patients hospitalized; 749 people discharged from hospital; 59 deaths.

As of November 21, Ho Chi Minh City has injected more than 7.8 million first and second doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

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