|Many patients were brought to emergency departments at HCM City hospitals during the long holiday weekend. — VNA/VNS Photo Đinh Hằng |Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — During the four-day Reunification Day-Labour Day weekend HCM City hospitals admitted more than 51,000 people, including 8,000 for emergency treatment, according to the city Department of Health.
Nguyễn Thị Huỳnh Mai, chief of the department’s secretariat, told Vietnam News Agency that of the 8,000 people admitted for emergency treatment, 953 were traffic accident victims, 207 were injured in fights, and 29 had been down with food poisoning.
Of them, 1,219 needed surgery while four accident victims died, she said.
Dr Lê Phước Đại of Chợ Rẫy Hospital’s emergency department said his staff had to cope with an overload every year during these holidays.
The department has 105 staff divided into three shifts during the holidays, he said.
They treated 854 people in that period, including 20 per cent who had been seriously injured in accidents and transferred from other hospitals.
The number of patients has so far been the same as last year, but the figure could rise after May 1 as more patients are transferred from other hospitals, Đại said.
The People’s Hospital 115 said 677 patients had been brought to the trauma and orthopaedics department between April 28 and May 1, many of them victims of traffic accidents due to drunken driving. — VNS