National Steering Committee established to boost nCoV prevention and control

Thursday, 2020-01-30 16:48:10
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Notices on how to prevent the nCoV provided by the Ministry of Health in Vietnamese, Chinese and English. (Photo: NDO)
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NDO – The Prime Minister has decided to establish a National Steering Committee for the prevention and control of respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus (nCoV).

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Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam is the head of the Steering Committee, while the Ministry of Health (MoH) is its standing body.

The Steering Committee is tasked to assist the PM in directing, operating and coordinating ministries, ministerial-level agencies, government-attached agencies and other concerned units and localities in nCoV prevention and control nationwide.

It was also assigned the task of directing and coordinating with the relevant authorities to mobilise resources to support the implementation of the MoH’s emergency plan for the prevention and control of the disease.

The Steering Committee is responsible for organising the implementation, urging ministries, sectors, localities and concerned agencies to implement the PM’s directions, as well as making daily reports to the PM and competent authorities regarding the current situation of the spread of the disease.

* On Thursday morning, Chairman of Hanoi Municipal People's Committee Nguyen Duc Chung chaired a meeting to discuss solutions to deal with acute respiratory infections caused by nCoV.

Chung said that as there is ample evidence that the disease spreads from person to person even during the incubation period, it is important for Vietnam to strengthen its disease prevention and control.

* As a province with Chinese workers in local projects, the central province of Ha Tinh has proactively built plans and regimes to be fully repaired to cope with nCoV with the motto of boosting proactive control, timely treatment and not spreading the disease in case it arrives.

Officials of Ha Tinh Department of Health examine the response to nCoV. (Photo: NDO)

The functional forces in Ha Tinh will focus on controlling migrants at Cau Treo international border gate, Vung Ang port, Son Duong port and Xuan Hai port. The Ha Tinh Department of Health has assigned the Ha Tinh’s Centre for Disease Control to arrange three mobile teams, while actively providing information to locals about the virus.

* Information from the Can Tho Municipal Department of Health said that a family of four Chinese nationals from Wuhan currently reside at a local hotel. They are tested twice daily and have reported no signs of nCoV infection. However, they asked to stay in Can Tho because flights to Wuhan were cancelled to avoid the disease spreading even further.

* Also on Thursday morning, information from the Quang Nam Central General Hospital said that the test results from the Pasteur Institute of Nha Trang determined that a flight attendant, who had received isolated treatment because of suspected nCoV infection, was in fact only infected with the common and less dangerous influenza B. Currently, the hospital is carrying out the procedure for the 29 year old to be discharged from the hospital and continue her work.

* Facing the complicated nCoV-related situation, Long An authorities have directed the province’s local governments to quickly implement prevention and control measures and set up a mobile team to respond rapidly to the epidemic.

The Provincial Department of Health and Long An General Hospital have assigned disease prevention and control tasks to all departments, while preparing sufficient resources to serve the work and ensure occupational safety and health for health workers.

Leaders of Long An Provincial People's Committee inspect the response to nCoV at Long An General Hospital. (Photo: NDO)

* Recently, the Border Guard High Command has implemented the inspection, control and prevention of this disease on the Vietnam-Sino land border. In recent days, the Border Guard High Command has directed its units to closely coordinate with other domestic and foreign functional forces to strengthen inspection, control and application of special control measures.

* On January 30, the MoH issued two official letters sent to all 63 provinces and cities and news agencies on promoting communications for the prevention and control of nCoV outbreak.

In order to proactively prevent acute respiratory infection caused by the virus, the ministry also provided recommendations and advices for people and communities to be aware of how to deal with the virus.

* The Ministry of Industry and Trade has said that its Agency for Foreign Trade is closely monitoring the epidemic situation to assess the potential impact on import and export activities.

* On January 30, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam issued the fourth directive on the prevention and control of acute respiratory infection caused by nCoV, asking airlines to proactively adjust their flight schedules and suspend all flights from coronavirus-affected areas to Vietnam.

The authority ordered airlines to not conduct regular flights and require additional licences for flights from Vietnam to China’s affected regions. Flights from and to affected areas in China must be restricted.

The administration requested airports to step up inspection and coordinate with relevant agencies to carry out plans to prevent and cope with a possible outbreak of the virus.

They asked the air transport department to suspend the approval of new flights from Vietnam to China’s affected areas and vice versa.

In its previous directive, the CAV ordered airlines to immediately report suspected cases to service supply agencies for prompt isolation and prevention.

As of January 30 morning, the pneumonia outbreak caused by nCoV caused at least 170 deaths and more than 7,700 infected in China. The outbreak first occurred in Wuhan, China, in late December 2019, and has now spread to 15 other countries with roughly 60 current cases in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East.