Tuesday, September 29 2020


COVID-19 under control in central region

Update: August, 21/2020 - 14:36


Medical checks are conducted at a field hospital in central Việt Nam. The COVID-19 outbreak has been brought under control in Đà Nẵng, Quảng Nam and Quảng Ngãi. —VNS Photo Trần Lâm

ĐÀ NẴNG — The central city-based C Hospital officially offered haemodialysis treatment for patients testing negative for COVID-19 from Friday after one month of preparation and cleaning.

Doctors from the hospital said all chronic kidney failure patients who had tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 during treatment at Hòa Vang field hospital will be receiving haemodialysis in isolated rooms under strict pandemic control.

These kidney failure patients will be tested for SARS-CoV-2 at the hospital as well as daily medical checks to make sure that they are completely recovered from COVID-19.

Doctor Đặng Văn Trí said chronic kidney failure patients, as well as cancer patients, were seen as at higher risk for COVID-19 in the new outbreak that hit the city from July 25.

He said the hospital could handle 60 kidney patients each day.

The hospital was assigned and approved by the Ministry of Health on Thursday as a qualified SARS-CoV-2 detection laboratory - the seventh of its kind - and the third medical centre in the city for testing.

Another hospital, the Hải Châu health centre also resumed operation on Thursday evening after a two-week lockdown and cleaning.

At a meeting on Thursday, a ‘special team’ from the Ministry of Health led by deputy minister Nguyễn Trường Sơn, said it had left the city as the pandemic has been brought under control by the city’s COVID-19 prevention system.

A 19-doctor team from central Nghệ An Province arrived in the city on Thursday to support the city’s health care service for nursing COVID-19 patients.

Eight tonnes of vegetables, collected from local farmers in mountainous Nam Trà My District in central Quảng Nam Province, was sent to residents in Đà Nẵng on Friday morning.


A resident receives vegetables and rice from a charity in Đà Nẵng. Many free shops were opened by donors to help poor people and workers. — VNS Photo Lê Lâm

Having taken 1,400 stranded tourists to homes in HCM City and Hà Nội, Đà Nẵng plans to carry students, workers and residents who have been stranded since the city began isolation measures from July 28 home on buses, trains and flights in the coming days.

Earlier, Quảng Ngãi Province sent 12 buses to transport nearly 700 stranded workers in Quảng Nam and Đà Nẵng to quarantine centres in Quảng Ngãi. All of them had received tests for SARS-CoV-2 before leaving.

According to the Quảng Nam provincial Centre for Disease Control, 423 out of 1,300 medical samples from close contacts of COVID-19 patient 991 were negative for SARS-CoV-2 as of Friday morning.

The patient (No 991), who is a teacher, had close contact with people in Hội An, Tam Kỳ, Phước Sơn, Nông Sơn, Đại Lộc and Duy Xuyên during his trips on August 8-12. He tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 on Wednesday. His wife was also a COVID-19 patient (No 981). — VNS

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