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HCM City to get 100 more ambulances for transporting COVID patients to hospital

Update: July, 30/2021 - 08:23

 

The 115 Emergency Dispatch Centre at Quang Trung Software City in District 12. — VNA/VNS Photo Tiến Lực

HCM CITY — The HCM City Department of Health plans to buy ambulances and call on private hospitals and companies to hand over theirs so that emergency aid teams can transport patients amid the relentlessly rising incidence of COVID-19.

But it did not provide any details.

The city currently has 200 ambulances for transporting patients to hospitalsbut hopes to secure another 100 to ensure patients get early treatment to reduce fatalities.

It has allowed taxi companies to operate a limited number of vehicles to transport patients and plans to increase the number by 200. The taxis have medical workers and equipment for resuscitation if required.    

The department has increased the 115 Emergency Dispatch Centre’s phone lines from 12 to 40.

The centre has been moved to Quang Trung Software City in District 12 so that the number of lines can be increased further.

To improve treatment and prevent deaths, the department has instructed hospitals to pay closer attention to patients with severe symptoms and those aged above 65 years or with underlying medical conditions.     

The city plans to set up four more field hospitals to take the total number to 37.

Senior students at medical universities, many of whom are voluntarily taking samples, will be told to monitor the health of asymptomatic patients kept at quarantine facilities meant for infected people and taxi drivers on the emergency teams.

Vaccination

Thủ Đức City and districts are collaborating with health workers to speed up vaccination for designated people, and the designated deadline is August 31.

Subsequently, the department will have vaccination sites at 312 health centres to vaccinate people aged above 65 or having underlying medical conditions who cannot get vaccinated this month because of high blood pressure and other conditions.

Ride-hailing company Grab Việt Nam’s shippers got vaccinated at vaccination sites in District 7 on July 27 and 28. 

Delivery workers at other companies got shots at wards or communes where they live.       

Shippers face a high risk of contracting COVID, and so immunising them is imperative, the Department of Transport had said.

On July 12 some 4,000 truck drivers and 6,000 taxi and bus drivers also got vaccinated. — VNS

If you are COVID-19 positive and stay at home or are caring for loved ones who have COVID-19, here is what you need to know to be well-prepared in the fight against the virus. This advice was provided by Deputy Minister of Health Nguyễn Trường Sơn, head of the ministry’s steering board for COVID-19 prevention and control.

1. Have a separate room or area with a toilet and trash can with closed lid and bags.

- Keep ready phone numbers of health centres and doctors.

- Have essential items like hand sanitisers and disinfectants for surfaces, salt water for gargling, medical masks, thermometer, fever medicine, and vitamins.

- Food and others provided by family or medical workers should be places on a table outside the quarantine room or area for the patients and close contracts.

2. Keep windows open and turn off air-conditioning.

3. Always wear medical masks except when eating, drinking and doing ablutions. Change masks twice a day (washing hands thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol-based disinfectant before handling them).

4. Regularly disinfect hands, devices, table surfaces, door handles, toilets, towels, and others.

5. Measure temperature at least twice a day and report to local medical workers.

6. Have nutritious food in sufficient quantities.

7. Drink a lot of water and take vitamin and mineral supplement regularly.  

8. Exercise gently and do breathing exercises for at least 15 minutes daily.

9. Remind local medical workers to come home and take samples for testing after seven days of quarantine.

10. Call local medical workers immediately in case of a fever (of more than 37.5°C), cough, sore throat, diarrhoea, or breathing difficulty (unable to take a breath and hold it for 10 seconds). 

 

 

 

 

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