HCMC – In the January-October period of this year, nearly 1,000 medical workers in HCMC quit their jobs, surging 65% year-on-year, mainly for personal reasons, said head of the municipal Department of Health’s office Nguyen Thi Huynh Mai.
At a press briefing on November 29 of the municipal anti-Covid steering committee, Mai said in 2020, 597 medical workers left their jobs. Those who quit their jobs this year were mainly those at the medical stations of communes and wards, the local media reported.
Mai said they might move to private healthcare centers.
Regarding anti-Covid measures, Mai said the Department of Health has submitted a plan on taking care of Covid-19 cases treated at home with the participation of private clinics.
The municipal healthcare sector has also prepared more than 31,000 beds for Covid-19 patients. More than 11,000 Covid-19 patients are being treated at hospitals, so the local healthcare system has not been overloaded.
The city has maintained switchboard 1022, through which more than 200 doctors have provided Covid-related information and advice for residents.
As for the Covid-19 vaccination, the city is focusing on vaccinating those who have yet to receive their second vaccine shot, mainly children aged between 12 and 17. The city will assign officials to encourage and persuade unvaccinated residents to get the vaccines.