At the City International Hospital run by Hoa Lam Group, Minister Long applauded the hospital for volunteering to treat COVID-19 patients and decided to set up a 500-bed intensive care center at the hospital with staff to be provided by the University Medical Center Ho Chi Minh City. He promised to immediately provide the hospital with 50 ventilators from the Health Ministry’s warehouse in the city.

Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen (second from left) and Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long (first from left) inspect the City International Hospital.

The hospital is scheduled to begin receiving COVID-19 patients on August 2 morning.

Inspecting the progress of the temporary COVID-19 hospital No.16 run by the Hanoi-based Bach Mai Hospital, deputy head of Bach Mai Hospital’s Emergency Department A9 Dr. Do Ngoc Son said the temporary hospital is treating nearly 300 patients and its staff, sent from Bach Mai's headquarters in Hanoi, are working hard to set up a 500-bed intensive care center to take care of patients in serious conditions.

The health minister instructed providing 100 high-performance ventilators and 100 high-flow nasal cannulas for the temporary hospital No.16. He requested that the intensive care center be set up within the next 48 hours, adding that at least 20 beds should be reserved for pregnant patients.

Checking the pace of the building of an intensive care center at temporary hospital No.13 run by the Hanoi-based Viet Duc Hospital and another at temporary hospital No.11 operated by Hue Central Hospital, the officials asked units concerned to step up their construction, striving to receive patients in serious conditions by August 5, initially with 200 beds and raising to 500 beds at the earliest.

Nen also took the occasion to urge local units concerned to simplify administrative procedures so that the intensive care centers can immediately receive patients in serious conditions, thus mitigating deaths.

He also thanked leaders of the Health Ministry and medical workers throughout the country for assisting the city in the effort.

Source: VNA