Minister Nguyen Thanh Long suggested that Ho Chi Minh City need to improve its testing capacity with a capacity of 500,000 aggregate samples per day and mobilize all efforts to implement the vaccination campaign.
At a meeting with the Ho Chi Minh City Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control on the afternoon of June 19, Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said that the Ministry of Health highly appreciates the efforts of Ho Chi Minh City in implementing the measures. epidemic prevention and control measures. The city has taken measures to distance themselves to the right extent and at the right time, but in the current situation, it is necessary to upgrade the anti-epidemic level.
Improving testing capacity for Covid-19 According to the explanation of Minister Nguyen Thanh Long, this outbreak in Ho Chi Minh City is different from previous times when it was not possible to completely trace all sources of infection. The cause is the appearance of clusters of cases, pathogens can spread and spread quickly, thereby causing potential case misses. Besides, the epidemic in the city has a very fast rate of transmission. When a case is recorded, many people in the family, production line or company have also been infected. Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long held a meeting with the Ho Chi Minh City Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control on the afternoon of June 19. Photo: Khoi Nguyen. Regarding the orientation in the coming time, the Minister of Health emphasized that improving testing capacity is one of the strategic solutions so that Ho Chi Minh City can quickly control and prevent the disease. Accordingly, Ho Chi Minh City needs to quickly improve testing capacity with a capacity of 500,000 aggregate samples per day, this scenario has been proposed before but needs to be implemented immediately to quickly stop the source of infection. Testing should be carried out in different forms, with key areas, to ensure that all relevant people are tested without omission and repeated testing after 5-7 days. With cases detected through screening, testing or hospital examination, the health sector needs to immediately localize and test the entire area, at the same time implement tracing measures and take samples for testing. In relevant cases, it is possible to apply sample 5 with F1, 10-20 with other cases. For industrial zones, the Minister said that Ho Chi Minh City needs regular screening tests to protect this area against the risk of disease invasion. At the same time, Ho Chi Minh City needs to have a large-scale screening test for the whole city in the form of 1-2 people per household. Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long. Photo: Duy Hieu. The Minister emphasized the need to quickly test for antigens, not to leave samples; Strengthening human resources to take samples and perform tests, and at the same time can consider and guide people to take samples for quick testing at home. Medical facilities need to test all patients who come for medical examination and treatment, not only focusing on groups of patients with clinical manifestations such as cough, fever, etc. Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said that the agencies under the Ministry located in the area will be mobilized to support the health sector in Ho Chi Minh City. In which, the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Ho Chi Minh City mobilizes all students to participate in sampling, the Pasteur Institute of Ho Chi Minh City and other departments will provide maximum support with the coordination of HCMC. Preparing the plan that Ho Chi Minh City has 5,000 cases Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said that Ho Chi Minh City has distanced the whole city according to Directive 15, but the implementation still has many shortcomings. Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases, a large-scale Covid-19 treatment center in Ho Chi Minh City, is temporarily blocked. Photo: Chi Hung. The Minister recommended that the distance in Ho Chi Minh City should be implemented in different levels, depending on the characteristics of each area, should not rigidly apply Directive 16 throughout the city. Regarding treatment, Ho Chi Minh City needs to be ready for the scenario of 5,000 cases, plan to coordinate the army forces in the area to establish a field hospital; assigned Cho Ray Hospital to be ready for the scenario of setting up an emergency room to receive treatment for serious patients, especially cases requiring intensive intervention such as ECMO. For this scenario, the health sector in Ho Chi Minh City needs to review and prepare medical facilities, equipment and supplies. The Ministry of Health will provide some necessary equipment such as HFLC equipment, ventilators, ECMO to meet the treatment needs of serious patients. With the work of vaccination against Covid-19 vaccine, the Minister suggested that the city health sector should mobilize all efforts to implement the vaccination campaign according to the plan and schedule.