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Hospitals cope with Tet patient influx

Update: February, 16/2016 - 10:28
More than 250,000 people were brought to hospitals for emergency aid during the Tet holiday (February 6-14). — Photo

HCM CITY (VNS) — More than 250,000 people were brought to hospitals for emergency aid during the Tet holiday (February 6-14), according to the health examination and treatment department.

Traffic accidents, explosives, and digestive disorders were reportedly the major causes for emergency admission.

In HCM City's Cho Ray Hospital, the number of hospitalised people for emergency aid increased by 1.7 per cent compared to last year.

Of these, 45 cases died, a drop of 16 compared to last year during the holiday period.

About 141 people decided to return to their hometowns because of serious medical conditions.

The hospital saw a drop in injuries sustained from traffic accidents, as accidents fell by 15.3 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Hospital directors had planned for emergency epidemics and natural disasters during the period.

Doctors, nurses and staff were on alert for such occurrences, and medicine and other materials were available for treatment.

More than 6,000 blood units were prepared for the Tet holiday. Of the number, 732 units were used, an increase of 131 compared to Tet last year.

Several hospitals were busier than usual. The Paediatrics Hospital in Dong Nai Province, for example, treated more than 40 children for injuries from traffic accidents in the first four days of the new year. Of these, 19 had head injuries.

On February 7, the hospital's emergency aid ward admitted one child with a bellyache and vomiting caused by a streptococcus suis infection acquired through exposure to contaminated pig blood pudding.

The Viet Duc Hospital in Ha Noi admitted 170 cases daily for emergency aid during the period. — VNS

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