According to Chief of Office of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health Nguyen Thi Huynh Mai, the city Steering Committee for Epidemic Prevention and Economic Recovery is working with the Department of Health to closely monitor the epidemic situation in the city trying to overcome the peak of coronavirus wave in the next two weeks.
According to the National Assembly’s Law Committee, many workers in some localities who are being treated for Covid-19 at home have been facing difficulty in getting a sick leave to enjoy social insurance benefits as a basis because of cumbersome procedures.
The Covid-19 disease surveillance system has reported from February 12 to now that the number of Covid-19 cases in Ho Chi Minh City has tripled compared to the previous seven days. Worse, the number of Covid-19 hospitalizations also tends to increase slightly.
Nguyen Van Nen, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, said that HCMC’s new normal - that means city dwellers are living with Covid-19, even with the new strain Omicron. Therefore, city leaders are required to have a new mindset.
Depending on the actual needs of the locality, the Health Department will propose the People's Committees of Districts and Thu Duc City to ask pharmacies to provide free packages of medicines for Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms who receive home-care.
The People's Committee in Ho Chi Minh City has just decided to approve the Health Strategy in the new normal state of flexible adaptation and effective control of the Covid-19 epidemic in the city to ensure safety for people's health.
A leader of the Department of Health in Ho Chi Minh City hoped that drugs to treat Covid-19 will no longer be scarce in the near future so that the health sector will propose to allow the sale of drugs to treat Covid-19 on a mass basis. At that time, people can go to pharmacies to buy and use them like other common flu medicines.
Deputy Head of the Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control Pham Duc Hai revealed that the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths in the city has remained high. Therefore, the southern largest city has increased its level of preparedness and response action for new Covid-19 cases.
Thu Duc City has established 202 mobile medical groups in 199 residential quarters. Each group has at least one medical staff and 598 other members including police officers, military soldiers, members of youth unions, and city dwellers to take care of people's health.
According to Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Ho Chi Minh City authorities should get the most out of the private health care system and mobilize retired doctors and nurses to participate in the care and management of Covid-19 patients at home. He advised medical workers to give Covid-19 patients drugs early.
At the press conference, Deputy Director of the Department of Health in Ho Chi Minh City Dr. Nguyen Huu Hung said that some localities have seen the rise of Covid-19 cases; therefore, the city had planned to expand the isolation centers in districts for preparation of all situations.
The healthcare and emergency response system should draw lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic to prepare for the next response in the future, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc emphasized at an online meeting with voters in Ho Chi Minh City on October 9.
Following complaints about disruption of Covid-19 vaccination in Thu Duc City, Chief of the Office of the Health Department in Ho Chi Minh City Nguyen Thi Huynh Mai confirmed that medical workers temporarily delayed vaccination at fixed venues as they have been focusing on testing.
At this morning’s meeting, Chairwoman of the HCMC People's Council Nguyen Thi Le announced Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has phoned her asking her to send his congratulations to the people and entire machinery of state in outlying district Cu Chi, which has been successful in controling the Covid-19 epidemic.
Ms. Nguyen Thi Le, Deputy Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee cum Chairwoman of the People's Council of HCMC, handed over 376 medicine bags to the Steering Committees for Covid-19 Prevention and Control of District 3 and District 5 under the Program "10,000 medicine bags to support families" implemented by the People's Council on the morning of August 31.
People infected by Covid-19 commented that mobile medical stations look promising for home-based care. Although the new health care model has been newly launched, it has proved to be effective in treating people with Covid-19 at home.
In the first two months of this year, the electricity, electrical refrigeration, processing, and manufacturing industries continued leading in the foreign direct investment (FDI) capital attraction into Vietnam. According to experts, this comes from the advantage that the country has successfully signed the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement.