HCMC – Among the active Covid-19 cases in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, 21 patients are currently in critical condition and at risk of fatality, according to a doctor who is now treating them.
Nguyen Trung Cap, deputy head of the Health Ministry’s task force dispatched to Dong Thap to support the Covid-19 fight, said that the province has reported 681 infections since May 30.
Of them, 215 were under treatment at the Sa Dec General Hospital, with most of them being severely ill patients who were being treated for other diseases at various departments of the hospital. The 21 cases belong to this group of severely-ill patients.
Health specialists of the ministry said that most of the Covid-19 patients at the hospital have underlying medical conditions. Even if they were not infected with Covid-19, they could still face a high risk of fatality.
Cap added that members of the task force are teaming up with the local health sector to set up a 50-bed intensive care unit to cope with a situation in which the number of severely-ill Covid-19 patients rises sharply.
The health specialists have surveyed six local medical facilities which receive and treat coronavirus patients, set up a treatment network to update the health developments of the patients and to offer remote medical support if necessary. The specialists also provided training to medical workers who are in charge of treating Covid-19 patients in the province.
Up to now, Dong Thap has reported 17 Covid-19 deaths and currently takes the lead in the number of cases in the delta.