Hospitals in HCMC ordered not to deny Covid-19 patients
Doctors at a field hospital check the health condition of a Covid-19 patient. HCMC Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong has asked field hospitals and Covid-19 treatment hospitals not to deny treatment to Covid-19 patients - PHOTO: VNA
HCMC - HCMC Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong has asked field hospitals to admit and treat Covid-19 patients, while ordering Covid-19 treatment hospitals not to deny treatment to severely-ill patients.
The leader of the HCMC government also tasked the municipal Department of Health with regularly checking and monitoring the Covid-19 admission and treatment at hospitals citywide and imposing harsh sanctions on individuals or units violating the regulations.
Phong also assigned the city’s 115 Emergency Center to evenly and suitably send Covid-19 patients without symptoms to field hospitals and critically ill patients to hospitals specializing in Covid-19 treatment.
Besides, the HCMC Department of Transport was told to work with transport firms to provide 30- or 40-seater coaches installed with a Global Positioning System (GPS) device for the 115 Emergency Center to transport Covid-19 cases.
The municipal Department of Health and the 115 Emergency Center are in charge of mobilizing all ambulances of hospitals in the city and drivers for Covid-19 patient transport. These vehicles must be installed with a GPS device.
Healthcare centers, field hospitals and Covid-19 treatment hospitals were asked to regularly stay updated on the number of Covid-19 patients at temporary quarantine facilities in districts to triage and transfer them to hospitals for treatment appropriately and in a timely manner.
Earlier at a meeting when the city had undergone seven days of strict social distancing, Chairman Phong said that the health sector should quickly handle the shortcomings over delays in transporting Covid-19 cases to hospitals for treatment.
The city is seeing over 31,000 Covid-19 patients receiving treatment, including 423 critically ill patients put on a ventilator and 11 others relying on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine. As many as 251 Covid-19 deaths have been reported in HCMC.
The city to date has undergone 12 days of the social distancing period under the prime minister’s Directive 16.
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