Ho Chi Minh City to have separate hospital for admission of people infected with Omicron varian

Ho Chi Minh City has not recorded cases of Omicron mutation, but the Health sector has developed a plan to cope with the new mutation. Following that, Ho Chi Minh City will organize the field hospital No. 12 into a separate hospital to receive and treat people infected with the new variant of Omicron.

The Ho Chi Minh City Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control holds a regular press conference to provide information on the situation of the COVID-19 epidemic

On the afternoon of November 6, the Ho Chi Minh City Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control held a regular press conference to provide information on the situation of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Mr.Pham Duc Hai, Deputy Director of the Ho Chi Minh's Steering Committee for Epidemic Prevention and Control, said that Ho Chi Minh City is treating 13,681 patients, including 497 children under 16 years old, 431 critically ill patients on ventilators, and 14 patients undergoing ECMO intervention. .

On December 5, Ho Chi Minh City recorded 958 hospitalized patients and 927 discharged patients.

Best preparation to welcome students back to school

Regarding the plan to welcome students in grades 1, 9 and 12 back to school from December 13, Mr. Duong Tri Dung, Deputy Director of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training (Education and Training) informed about the survey of 1st grade parents' opinion. According to this survey, over 70% of 1st grade parents do not agree to let students return to school from December 13.

This shows that parents are still worried about the safety of their children in the face of the epidemic situation, especially with grade 1 children. To reassure parents and students, Mr. Dung said, the education sector needs to coordinate with the health sector and the local People's Committees to ensure that the return to school plan is specific and thorough. At the same time, the Department and localities need to propagate to parents of students about facilities, epidemic prevention and control so that parents and students can feel secure.

Regarding difficulties in direct teaching when students return to school, a representative of the Department of Education and Training of Ho Chi Minh City said that it has prepared a specific return to school plan after the City People's Committee's plan to allow some grades to go to school.

In parallel with face-to-face learning during the pilot period, the Department of Education and Training still maintains online learning channels via the Internet and television. Mr. Duong Tri Dung said, this is an indispensable support channel at a time when there is still a part of students who have not yet attended school, ensuring that children keep pace with the general plan of the City. Meanwhile, to support children who cannot go to school, including students who are in the countryside, or groups of students who are advised to limit their movement according to the guidance of the Department of Health.

In addition, the Department of Education and Training has coordinated with professional agencies such as the Department of Health, the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City, and the University of Education to develop a plan to ensure the psychology of parents and students when returning to school. For students who have not yet returned to school with psychological problems, the Department has also assigned the school, homeroom teachers and related departments to monitor. Especially, reactivate the psychological counseling team at the school to handle situations when students or parents have problems with psychological trauma and provide psychological support to students from disadvantaged groups.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training has coordinated with the Department of Health to take many steps to train the staff, evaluate the plan on safety and prevention of epidemics at the units. Today, the Department has assessed a sample of an epidemic prevention plan at a high school in District 1 to serve as a model for localities.

Based on the results of the 2-week pilot and the actual situation, the Department of Education and Training and the Department of Health of Ho Chi Minh City will calculate and submit to the City People's Committee a plan to expand direct school attendance from January 3.

Controlling immigration to prevent the risk of Omicron variant

Before the new Omicron mutation, Mr. Tam said, Ho Chi Minh City has not recorded any case of Omicron mutation, but the worrying information is that the spread rate is 500% faster than the Delta variant.

Therefore, the first measure in the plan of Ho Chi Minh City to respond to the Omicron mutation is to prevent risks from official and unofficial immigration sources. According to regulations, people on entry who have received 2 doses of the vaccine will be quarantined for 7 days. People entering by sea must be quarantined on board.

According to Mr. Tam, the current difficulty is the group of unofficial entries from border provinces and moving to Ho Chi Minh City. Therefore, the health sector must coordinate with the police to promptly check and detect and isolate according to regulations.

In addition, the health sector continues to strengthen epidemic prevention measures and is ready to respond to epidemic levels appropriate to the situation, including strengthening mobile medical stations. Boost additional vaccination for high-risk individuals 28 days after the last shot. At the same time, the health sector continues to communicate among the people to implement 5K and support the functional sector to timely detect people entering illegally to prevent the spread of new variants.

Strengthening the primary care and treatment system

More information about the new strain Omicron, Ms. Nguyen Thi Huynh Mai, Chief of Office of the Department of Health, said that Ho Chi Minh City is strengthening the treatment system, restructuring hospitals, organizing screening departments and isolation areas. The temporary isolation area becomes a receiving area for treatment when patients are found to be positive for COVID-19.

Hospitals specializing in pediatrics or obstetrics will also establish COVID-19 resuscitation units to treat severe COVID-19 patients.

With hospitals that have previously converted all their COVID-19 treatment functions such as Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Trung Vuong, An Binh or Cu Chi Hospital, they continue to carry out their mission.

Ho Chi Minh City has now dissolved 8 field hospitals, the remaining 13 field hospitals will continue to collect and treat COVID-19 patients. Some field hospitals will be restructured into 3-storey hospitals to flexibly save and treat patients.

Ms. Huynh Mai said, the field hospital No. 12 will be organized into a separate hospital, receiving patients infected with Omicron mutants.

The health sector also has a logistics plan, allocating resources to the set scenarios, including strengthening the grassroots health system to meet the need for care support for F0 treatment at home. Currently, the city has 310 fixed medical stations and an additional 382 mobile medical stations with the support of military medical forces.

Under the direction of the Inter-branch Steering Committee, the Department of Health has coordinated with the Ho Chi Minh City Command and the Ho Chi Minh City Public Security to build and advise on the medical posture. With this position, the assigned units will be identified from afar, when they transform into the City, the above units will have a battle plan according to their mission functions to quickly prevent the epidemic.

Bang Tam

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