PM hails efforts of Cho Ray Hospital in successfully treating patient with nCoV infection

Thursday, 2020-01-30 11:50:00
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Isolation treatment area at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.
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NDO – On January 29, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc decided to commend the doctors of Ho Chi Minh City-based Cho Ray Hospital for their efforts in giving first aid and successfully treating a Chinese patient suffering from acute respiratory infection due to the novel coronavirus (nCoV).

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On behalf of the hospital's officials and employees, Doctor Nguyen Tri Thuc, Director of Cho Ray Hospital, thanked PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam and leaders of the Ministry of Health (MoH) for their urgent instructions in nCoV prevention and control.

Thanks to the crucial guidance from the Government, the MoH and the whole political system, so far the nCoV prevention and control has remained stable nationwide, and at Cho Ray Hospital in particular.

One of the factors that resulted in the successful treatment of a Chinese national was prompt quarantine. Upon isolation, the hospital treated both Chinese patients infected with nCoV according to the guidelines issued by the MoH, which have been strictly adhered to by the hospital’s doctors.

In addition to the case of successful treatment, Cho Ray Hospital is focusing on treating its second patient, who broke his fever four days ago but is still awaiting the results of the fourth virus test (sample taken on January 28).

According to the infectious disease surveillance system from the MoH, as of 8 am on January 30, there were 7,809 nCoV infected cases reported around the world, 7,714 of which are in China. There have been 170 deaths, with all of the fatalities reported in mainland China.

There are 95 cases of nCoV outside China, which have been recorded in Thailand (14), Australia (5), Singapore (7), the United States (5), Japan (7), Malaysia (7), the Republic of Korea (4), France (5), Vietnam (2), Cambodia (1), Canada (2), Germany (4), Nepal (1), Sri Lanka (1), United Arab Emirates (4), Finland (1), Hong Kong - China (10), Macau - China (7) and Taiwan - China (8).

In dealing with the risk of nCoV spreading across Vietnam, various localities and agencies have issued plans and directives to tighten disease control.

Hai Phong City leaders on January 29 issued an official dispatch urging for stiffening the management of Chinese workers and travellers to enter the northern port city, especially those from Chinese Hubei Province and other high-risk localities in the neighbouring country.

Hai Phong City leaders examine the nCoV prevention procedures at Cat Bi International Airport.

On the same day, the Department of Education and Training of Da Nang City asked local schools to boost sanitation after the Lunar New Year (Tet) Festival and promote communications on winter-spring disease prevention and control, as well as acute respiratory illness caused by nCoV, for local students and teachers.

The Minister of Education and Training has also sent a dispatch to the departments of education and training, universities, institutes, colleges and professional secondary schools nationwide, urging for strengthened efforts in preventing nCoV.

Currently, the majority of overseas Vietnamese students in China have returned home to celebrate Tet, but there are still 141 students in 20 localities across China. The Ministry of Education and Training has sent an official letter to the Embassy of Vietnam in China to ask for support in ensuring their safety and preventing epidemics for Vietnamese students amidst complicated nCoV-related movements.

On January 29, Deputy Director of Tay Nguyen Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Le Thanh Hien, said that the results of test samples from two patients isolated at the Central Highlands General Hospital are negative to nCoV. These two patients were identified with normal bacterial pneumonia and the institute has proposed that the Central Highlands General Hospital provide them with a normal treatment plan without isolation. At present, the hospital has also developed an epidemic response plan for nCoV.

In recent days, the Department of Health of Can Tho City has implemented a range of measures to prevent and treat acute respiratory infections caused by nCoV. Can Tho authorities are monitoring the body temperature of passengers at Can Tho International Airport 24 hours a day, while developing plans and preparing all necessary means and forces to actively prevent and fight the disease.

On January 29, Quang Ninh Provincial People's Committee issued Decision No. 320/QĐ-UBND on the establishment of a steering committee for the prevention and control of disease caused by nCoV. The steering committee is responsible for helping the Provincial People's Committee to develop a plan, direct other departments, branches and localities to implement prevention and control of nCoV in Quang Ninh.

On the afternoon of the same day, Cao Bang Provincial People's Committee held a meeting to discuss the urgent tasks in preventing nCoV. According to the Cao Bang Department of Health, up to now, the province has not recorded or detected any cases showing signs of nCoV infection. The provincial health sector has collaborated with other sectors and localities to implement nCoV disease prevention measures, focusing on deploying strict medical quarantine for Chinese citizens and preparing all necessary means and forces for the implementation of nCoV disease prevention plans.

On January 29, the Ministry of Public Security sent an urgent telegraph to the heads of the units attached to the Ministry and directors of police departments of provinces and centrally-run cities, urging for intensifying the prevention and fight against nCoV.

The Ministry of Transport also issued a directive requesting the relevant agencies to closely coordinate with the health sector and other units to effectively implement prevention and control recommendations for passengers on all means of transport.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam was required to temporarily suspend flights from Vietnam to the epidemic areas in China and stop all flights from the Chinese epidemic areas to Vietnam, while considering the implementation of preventive measures on flights and strictly controlling passengers at the border gates.