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As Covid cases spike, MOH urges strengthening inspection and treatment

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health yesterday sent a dispatch to the medical authorities and agencies, urging them to strengthen anti-Covid-19 measures.

New Covid-19 hospitalizations plunged early this year but August saw a sudden spike in new cases due to the Omicron subvariants.

The country logged some 2,000 new cases daily, on average, and recorded an increase in severe illness and death.

As of August 25, Vietnam’s Covid-19 infections exceeded 11,300,000, with over 10,000,000 recoveries and 43,000 deaths.

During a meeting on August 19, the ministry urged medical authorities and agencies to speed up the implementation of Covid-19 healthcare measures.

Accordingly, local authorities should carry out Covid-19 treatment plans according to the “four-on-the-spot motto”, comprising leadership on-the-spot, human resources on-the-spot, materials on-the-spot and logistics on-the-spot.

The ministry also asked hospitals to strengthen Covid-19 prevention and control measures, carry out PCR tests to detect Covid-19 carriers and prevent disease transmissions and ramp up clinical consultations with experts from higher-level hospitals.

When treating Covid patients in severe condition, provincial-level hospitals were asked to make clinical evaluations and seek guidance from the ministry.

Figures showed that among the severe Covid cases and deaths, 35% of them had either not received their first or second dose, the ministry reported.

Thus, provincial health departments were tasked with speeding up efforts to monitor Covid-19 cases and vaccinations, especially among the vulnerable groups.

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