HCMC to set up one more field hospital for critically-ill Covid-19 patients
A view of the Cu Chi Field Hospital in HCMC. The city will set up one more field hospital for critically-ill Covid-19 patients at Military Hospital 175 - PHOTO: VNA
HCMC - The HCMC Department of Health this morning, July 17, got approval from the Ministry of National Defense to establish one more field hospital at Military Hospital 175 to treat severely ill Covid-19 patients, heard an online anti-Covid-19 meeting between Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam and HCMC today.
Speaking at the meeting, HCMC Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong said that the city was treating 20,800 Covid-19 cases, with 306 of them put on a ventilator and eight others relying on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine.
One of the city’s top priorities is focusing on treating critically-ill Covid-19 patients to minimize deaths, said Phong.
Though the city has set up a Covid-19 intensive care center with 1,000 beds in Thu Duc City, while the HCMC Hospital for Tropical Diseases and Cho Ray Hospital are offering 300 beds each for Covid-19 treatment, the establishment of the new field hospital will help ease the overload facing these hospitals.
Addressing the meeting, HCMC Party Secretary Nguyen Van Nen said that the Covid-19 situation in the city remained unpredictable. The number of positive cases and direct contacts of confirmed Covid-19 cases was surging.
The healthcare systems in many parts of the city are overwhelmed and are suffering the shortage of staff and medical equipment. As such, Nen proposed the national steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control allow importing medical equipment as soon as possible.
As residents in several parts are still gathering at points of food sale due to the food undersupply, Nen proposed the city’s steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control task competent forces with conducting regular checks to stop mass gatherings. Harsh sanctions should be imposed on those violating Covid-19 safety regulations.
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