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With 10 Covid-19 cases, three campuses of K Hospital put under lockdown
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With 10 Covid-19 cases, three campuses of K Hospital put under lockdown

The Saigon Times

The Tan Trieu campus of K Hospital in Hanoi is under lockdown. The hospital has reported 10 Covid-19 cases - PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – As Hanoi-based K Hospital has reported 10 community-transmitted Covid-19 cases, including inpatients and their family members, three campuses of the hospital have been put under lockdown.

Hanoi Chairman Chu Ngoc Anh and Deputy Minister of Health Tran Van Thuan today, May 7, inspected the lockdown of the hospital’s Tan Trieu campus, the local media reported.

All medical staff, patients and their visiting family members will be quarantined at the hospital.

According to Anh, the neighborhood of K Hospital is more complicated than that of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases, another pandemic hotspot, as it is nestled inside a crowded residential quarter. Therefore, he asked residents to be more aware of pandemic infection prevention and control.

The authorities of Thanh Tri District, where the Tan Trieu campus is located, will be responsible for checkpoints at the entrances of the campus, while other agencies of the city will ensure essential commodities for those under quarantine.

Hanoi Chairman Anh denied news reports that the city has been locked down. However, the city called on local residents to strictly comply with pandemic prevention and control measures, limit large gatherings and go out only if necessary.

According to the hospital, 10 Covid-19 cases at the hospital include six patients and four family members. On April 27, a patient was transported from the Kim Chung campus of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases to the K Hospital.

On April 29, when new community-transmitted Covid-19 cases were reported, K Hospital randomly tested 18 employees and 102 patients and their family members and detected the 10 cases.

Since May 6, K Hospital has proactively tested all of its 1,900 employees and refused to receive new patients.

Today, the Ministry of Health asked hospitals to periodically do random Covid-19 tests for their employees of departments with a high risk of Covid-19 infection, such as emergency, resuscitation and infection control.

Medical centers should limit the transfer of patients. Patients should be transferred to higher-level hospitals if lower-level ones cannot provide treatment solutions but the transfer must be announced to the higher-level hospitals in advance.

Hospitals treating Covid-19 patients must inform the Departments of Health about patients eligible to be discharged from hospital so that the localities will continue to monitor and test the patients and their family members after they leave the hospitals.

Directors of hospitals should ask their employees to raise awareness over pandemic infection prevention and control and not to visit places with a high risk of Covid-19 infection, such as bars, cinemas, karaoke parlors, buffet restaurants and entertainment complexes.

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