COVID-19 response: Hanoi’s Me Linh field hospital ready for operation

Wednesday, 2020-03-25 15:46:34
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Secretary of the Hanoi Municipal Party Committee Vuong Dinh Hue (C) and Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Nguyen Duc Chung (L) inspect the Me Linh field hospital project on March 25, 2020. (Photo: NDO/Duy Linh)
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NDO – A delegation from Hanoi authorities, led by Politburo member and Secretary of the Hanoi Municipal Party Committee, Vuong Dinh Hue, inspected the construction site of the Me Linh field hospital on March 25, before putting the field hospital into operation to treat COVID-19 patients.

>>> Hanoi completes construction of COVID-19 field hospital in seven days

Located in the district of Me Linh, in the outskirts of the city, the hospital had been left unused since mid-2018. The two-block hospital has been turned into a 250-bed facility to serve the treatment of COVID-19 patients within only one week.

In the past seven days, the construction unit has mobilised 300-600 workers, divided them into three continuous shifts, to renovate the medical examination and treatment area and construct new official houses for staff, an anti-infection department and other auxiliary works.

It is expected that the final work will be finished by March 27 at which time the hospital will be transferred to the Hanoi Department of Health for management and use.

According to a leader from the department, the personnel plan and equipment for Me Linh field hospital are ready. In the immediate future, the agency will dispatch officials and employees from the Me Linh General Hospital and assign the deputy director of Dong Da General Hospital to serve as the director of Me Linh field hospital.

Applauding the joint efforts by concerned units in finishing the hospital in just one week, Secretary Hue suggested early acceptance of the project in order to hand over to the Hanoi Department of Health.

He also urged the investors to study the option of designing additional treatment areas and even increasing the capacity of the hospital up to 1,000 beds when needed.

Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Nguyen Duc Chung suggested that after the hospital was completed, the zoning and staffing work should be designed in three layers in order to correspond to the serious condition of patients and to better master the treatment and isolation.

For the medical staff who work there, Chung asked they be isolated for 14 days as prescribed after the last COVID-19 patient is discharged from the hospital.

Workers are urgently finishing the final stage before officially putting the field hospital into operation. (Photo: NDO/Duy Linh)

VNA plans to disinfect daily flights

In order to ensure the absolute safety for passengers on its planes, from 0:00 on March 25, the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) will perform disinfection spraying and cleaning of its entire fleet immediately after landing in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City.

In addition to disinfection after each flight, the entire fleet of daily aircraft will be sprayed with disinfectant again at the end of the day before being put into chemical incubation overnight to enhance disease prevention effects.

The entire cabin, cockpit and preparation areas of the flight attendants are strictly disinfected, along with locations and equipment having frequent manual contact, such as luggage compartments, armrests on the seats, headphones and buttons.

Thirty minutes after disinfection and cleaning, aircraft will be put into operation again to serve passengers.

Besides strictly disinfecting its aircraft, VNA has employed a number of preventive measures before the flight takes off, such as checking the health of passengers at the airport, refusing to transport passengers showing signs of COVID-19 infection, and distance-based seating arrangements.