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First Covid ward in HCMC hospital established

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The HCMC Department of Health has allowed Children’s Hospital 1 to establish a Covid-19 ward, the first of its kind in the southern city.

According to the hospital, the 150-bed ward will be put into operation tomorrow, January 7, with two separate areas, the local media reported.

The Covid-19 treatment area has 120 beds for patients with mild and moderate symptoms. Meanwhile, the recuperation area with 30 beds will admit and treat those in critical condition, who need HFNC, noninvasive and invasive positive pressure ventilation and ECMO support.

In addition, the ward will include a negative pressure operating room for children infected with Covid-19.

The head of the ward is Associate Professor Dr Phung Nguyen The Nguyen, who is deputy head of Children’s Hospital 1’s intensive care and poisoning control ward.

The Covid-19 ward, which will operate under the three-level model of the Ministry of Health, will not only treat Covid-infected children but also become a center for emergency, recuperation, ventilation and ECMO training for other hospitals in the city and other localities.

It is also expected to help the Ministry of Health develop a Covid-19 treatment regimen, provide clinical theory and intership for students and graduates of medical universities, conduct scientific research and boost international cooperation in the treatment of Covid and other respiratory diseases in children.

On July 13, last year, Children’s Hospital 1 established an area to receive and treat Covid patients, isolated from other areas to prevent cross-infection within the hospital.

As of the end of last month, the hospital admitted and treated more than 5,000 Covid cases.

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