|Deputy Health Minister Nguyễn Trường Sơn. — VNA/VNS Photo|
Deputy Health Minister Nguyễn Trường Sơn spoke to the media about COVID-19 as well as the ministry's support for the inspection at the current epicentre in Hải Dương Province
After visiting a series of isolation camps as well as treatment and industrial zones, what measures have been taken to control the outbreak in Hải Dương Province?
The inspection team of the Ministry of Health went to Hải Dương Province to re-examine pandemic prevention and control activities and evaluate the results that the province has achieved.
Through the inspection, we highly appreciate the activities of provincial and local leaders as well as the COVID-19 Prevention and Control Board.
The province has proactively implemented strong, drastic, fast and effective measures for detection, isolation and treatment.
The province has also mobilised all forces and has the support of the whole society in pandemic prevention.
We also highly appreciate the strict and prompt implementation of the Prime Minister's directives, the guidance of the Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control, as well as the instructions and suggestions of the Ministry of Health to help achieve good results.
What measures should Hải Dương carry out in the future?
The province must strengthen epidemiological surveillance, trace and detection because the disease has existed for a long time.
Testing capacity must also be strengthened to quickly end the spread of COVID-19.
Quarantine zones must strictly comply with pandemic prevention measures.
Monitoring teams in the community also need to be enhanced to help the health system detect infections as early as possible.
Production establishments as well as hospitals in the province must always be in a proactive position and prepare measures to prevent COVID-19.
These things will help the province carry out the Prime Minister's dual goal of COVID-19 prevention and control and production development after the pandemic is eradicated.
Hải Dương has faced difficulties in pandemic prevention and control because the virus is developing quickly awhile the province still lacks facilities, equipment and human resources. How will the Ministry of Health offer support?
We will continue to help experts to support human resources for the province in epidemiological surveillance and treatment.
The ministry will also help the province set up safety guidelines for hospitals and manufacturing facilities and guide and handle situations if COVID-19 occurs in production facilities.
The ministry will provide protective clothing and medical masks.
Supplies for those working on the frontline, including soldiers, police as well as medical officers will be ensured. — VNS