Vice Chairman of the HCMC People's Committee Duong Anh Duc (3rd, R) takes the quarantine check at Kim Cuong Xanh hotel in District 1. The municipal authorities have further measures to ensure containment, such as expanding the system of mobile healthcare station and field hospital, mobilizing hotels and private medical facilities to convert into quarantine and treatment facilities. The HCMC Department of Health has proposed the municipal People’s Committee to approve an experimental program on allowing private healthcare units to offer treatment with payment options to Covid-19 patients. Private medical facilities can register for turning into a mobile healthcare station with the local medical centers of districts to monitor and treat 50-100 F0 (Covid-19 patient) cases at home. The station will have at least three medical staff and essential medical equipment. The state budget will be used to pay for Covid-19 treatments at mobile healthcare stations. Besides, patients … [Read more...] about Private Covid-19 treatment options offered to reduce overloading at hospitals
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Novartis and the Ministry of Health of Vietnam signed an MoU to provide a list of drugs for the treatment of severe COVID-19 symptoms at cost price On behalf of Novartis International AG, Lutz Hegemann, group head, Corporate Affairs and Global Health, and Associate Professor PhD. Luong Ngoc Khue, director of the Department of Medical Service Administration of the Vietnamese Ministry of Health signed and exchanged the MoU. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, State President of Vietnam, and Guy Parmelin, President of Switzerland, witnessed the signing during President Phuc’s state visit to Switzerland on November 26-28 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The MoU is part of the broad range of solutions Novartis is providing to help low- and lower-middle-income countries mitigate the impact of the pandemic and support healthcare systems. It covers the provision of at-cost medicines for the treatment of severe symptoms of COVID-19 … [Read more...] about Novartis and Ministry of Health sign MoU on portfolio of affordable COVID-19 medicines
The blood bank at the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT), which is needed for treating patients at major hospitals in northern Vietnam, is about to run out as many donation sessions have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The NIHBT is in charge of providing blood for more than 180 hospitals in Hanoi and other northern localities. As of November 26, the blood reserves at the institute had only 4,000 units left, with A and O among the rarest blood types. (One unit = 250 millimeters) Meanwhile, hospitals in the region need about 1,200 to 1,500 units of blood a day. Blood donations delayed More than 80 blood drives organized by the NIHBT have been postponed due to the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in the loss of 25,000 units to the blood bank. “Residents are always willing to donate blood, but many sessions had to be canceled after localities detected coronavirus cases,” a representative from the institute … [Read more...] about Northern Vietnam’s blood bank running out as donations postponed due to COVID-19
Many people who have recovered from COVID-19 in Vietnam have been wondering whether or not they will be re-infected with the coronavirus, especially after the discovery of the Omicron variant. Vietnam has confirmed 1,238,082 COVID-19 patients since the pandemic first struck it early last year, of whom 989,348 have recovered from the disease. Many of these patients were unvaccinated, while others had received either one or two vaccine doses prior to their diagnosis. Following their recovery, many have been wondering about their chances of catching the virus again. They have been more concerned over that matter following the discovery of the Omicron variant, known technically as B.1.1.529. The World Health Organization (WHO) on November 25 said it had recorded this new strain from a number of southern African countries. It has yet to be found in Vietnam so far. According to Nguyen Trung Cap, deputy director of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, doctors … [Read more...] about How likely is it to get re-infected with COVID-19 following recovery?
This is a main feature of a draft plan on private healthcare sector participation in Covid-19 treatment that department director Tang Chi Thuong has submitted to the municipal People's Committee. Under the plan, private healthcare facilities will submit their prices to the Health Department and also publicize them so that the people can choose their service provider. The staff of private healthcare establishments will not be eligible to benefit from state's policy of providing allowances and other support for personnel engaged in pandemic control. The medical supplies and medicines for Covid-19 treatment will be provided by district medical centers to private healthcare firms. The health department has also suggested a plan for private healthcare establishments that function like mobile medical units to take care of people under home treatment. Each unit, with at least three medical staff, would cover 50-100 patients. District medical centers would sign agreements with private … [Read more...] about HCMC advances plan for private treatment of homebound Covid-19 patients
India reported 9,216 new COVID-19 infections on Friday after announcing its first two Omicron cases the previous day, as groups of resident doctors stayed away from non-critical work to demand new post-graduate students be enrolled to boost staffing. The country, whose hospitals bore the brunt of a record second surge in infections and deaths in April and May due to the Delta variant, has seen new cases plateauing around 10,000 in the past few weeks. But the detection of the Omicron variant in the southern state of Karnataka, in one person with no recent travel history, has raised concerns of a third wave of infections. Some epidemiologists have said Omicron could be less lethal in India than the last Delta wave because of widespread previous infections and vaccinations. "Healthcare institutions across the nation are running short of adequate workforce of resident doctors, with no admission in the current year yet," the Federation of Resident Doctors' Association of India, … [Read more...] about Indian doctors strike as Omicron sparks fears of third wave of COVID-19