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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

HCMC converts passenger coaches into ones transporting Covid-19 patients

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HCMC – The HCMC Department of Health is collaborating with the HCMC Department of Transport and FUTA Bus Lines to convert 15 passenger coaches into vehicles transporting Covid-19 patients, due to shortages of ambulances.

This is also aimed at helping to transport patients to treatment facilities quickly amid the rising number of Covid cases, the local media reported.

These vehicles will be equipped with the necessary medical equipment such as stretchers, masks, oxygen masks and a plastic divider curtain placed between the driver’s compartment and the other for patients. Besides, the drivers will be vaccinated against Covid.

The municipal Heath Department asked the districts and Thu Duc City to set up a hotline for patient transport and publicize it among residents. In addition, the hotlines must be operational round the clock.

The vehicles were told to proactively transport severely-ill patients to the nearest hospitals and contact a hospital transfer team on 0989401155 for support.

As of this morning, HCMC, the country’s biggest coronavirus hotbed, had reported 100,557 Covid-19 cases in the fourth wave of the disease, which began in late April.

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