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HCMC to establish 135 pop-up healthcare stations before August 24

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – HCMC will set up and put into service 135 pop-up healthcare stations before tomorrow, August 24, and 225 others before August 27, according to the municipal anti-Covid authority.

The plan is aimed at proactively providing home-based medical care for Covid-19 patients, improving the quality of treatment and easing the overload facing quarantine centers and hospitals in the city.

Under the plan, in the first phase, the 135 mobile healthcare stations will be set up in Thu Duc City and 15 districts. As for the second phase, the 225 stations will be put into operation in the remaining districts. Each station is expected to monitor and take care of 50-100 Covid patients.

These stations could be set up at cultural houses, community houses and private clinics. Each station has to ensure separate areas to receive patients, provide medical check-ups and offer advice to them. It has to have clean water, electricity, places for medical workers to sleep and an area for medical waste collection, and must be equipped with two oxygen tanks, oxygen masks and some medical equipment.

The HCMC Department of Health will send medical workers, oxygen tanks and first-aid bags to the stations.

Earlier, the Health Department on August 19 sent an urgent dispatch to the authorities of Thu Duc City and districts and their medical centers regarding mapping out a plan to set up pop-up healthcare stations.

By August 20, the department put into service six mobile medical stations, with one of them in District 3 and the rest in District 7.

As of August 22, more than 40,500 Covid patients were under quarantine and treatment at home, with around 20,200 of them undergoing home quarantine since the date they were confirmed to be infected with the disease.

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