At the meeting of the Technical Sub-committee of the Ministry of Defense’s Steering Committee on prevention of 2019-nCoV

On February 4, the Technical Sub-committee of the Ministry of Defense’s Steering Committee on prevention of 2019-nCoV held a conference to discuss the plans to receive and quarantine Vietnamese citizens who return from the epicenter and prevent the disease during the upcoming enlistment drive.

In the coming time, the subcommittee will provide guidance on how to prevent the disease, including methods of preventing the spread of nCoV, quarantining citizens from the epicenter, enlisting youths, and testing and diagnosing patients. The unit will also practice possible scenarios to better respond to the disease. 

Meanwhile, at Military Hospital 4 of the Department of Logistics of Military Region 4, the hospital organized classes to equip its medical staff with measures to prevent the disease, set up a special isolation area with 15 beds, and formed a steering committee and disease prevention teams.

On the same day, the provincial and municipal Military Commands and Border Guard Commands of BinhDinh,  Quang Ngai, Dak Lak, Nghe Anh, and Ho Chi Minh organized different activities to prevent the acute respiratory disease caused by the 2019-nCoV.

The Binh Dinh provincial Military Command set up disease prevention teams and prepared medical equipment, medicines, and on-the-spot teams for the work. The unit has also worked with local agencies and the provincial General Hospital to detect cases of new coronavirus, so as to prevent the spread of the disease in a timely and effective manner.

In addition, the military command conducted information dissemination to help its troops and people comprehend causes and detect symptoms of the disease while equipping them with preventive measures. The unit’s medical force has sprayed antiviral chemicals, provided salt water gargle and medical masks for troops, and cleaned up the barracks.

Similarly, the Quang Ngai provincial Military Command instructed its agencies and units to promote information about the disease to help troops understand possible symptoms of the disease as well as equip them with preventive measures. Also, the unit has closely followed developments of the disease situation and focused on detecting cases of nCoV.

Recently, the provincial Military Command inspected an isolation area at the Center for Defense and Security Training and Education to accommodate Vietnamese workers who will return from China. The unit will receive and provide isolated accommodations for the returners for 14-days.

In response to the complicated development of the disease, the Dak Lak provincial Military Command formed medical teams to check troops’ health and instructed units to closely follow developments of the disease situation and detect cases with the disease’s symptoms at the soonest time.

From January 31 to February 4, the provincial Border Guard Command conducted activities to help people in border communes understand the disease situation and its symptoms and provide them with preventive measures.

In addition, the unit patrolled border areas to prevent illegal immigration and trafficking of animals to avoid health risks associated with them.

Medical staff of the Binh Dinh provincial Military Command sprayed antiviral chemicals. 

In Ho Chi Minh City, the municipal Border Guard Command checked the temperature of and provided free medical masks to foreign tourists who traveled to the city by sea. 

Military Hospital 15 of Army Corps 15 updated 130 doctors and medical workers from 11 medical stations of its agencies and units on the disease situation and measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

Translated by Tran Hoai