HCMC – Trung Vuong Covid-19 Treatment Hospital, on October 29, established an intensive care unit (ICU) for Covid patients, according to Dr. Le Thanh Chien, director of the HCMC-based hospital.
Dr. Chien said the ICU for coronavirus patients is equipped with 50 beds, with 40 beds for critically-ill patients, reported Tuoi Tre newspaper.
The construction of the ICU started on September 7, when HCMC was enforcing the stringent stay-at-home mandate to slow the spread of the Delta variant. The facility was built on an area that was earlier the hospital’s parking lot, which covers 560 square meters.
The development of the ICU for Covid patients is aimed at keeping the hospital safe from Covid after it resumed its normal operations of admitting non-Covid patients, Chien said.
Nguyen Van Vinh Chau, deputy director of the HCMC Health Department, lauded the Trung Vuong Covid Treatment Hospital for saving many critically ill Covid patients with underlying medical problems.
Chau added that the latest wave of infections in HCMC has been brought under control and the city is on its way to adopting measures to live with Covid safely. Accordingly, medical facilities citywide need to prepare separate zones to admit Covid patients while also resuming their normal operations to receive and treat non-Covid patients.
Earlier, following the request of the city’s health authority, Trung Vuong Hospital on June 16 was converted from a Level 1 general hospital into the Trung Vuong Covid Treatment Hospital.