Building a field hospital to fight respiratory infections

The field hospital for anti-respiratory infections is being urgently built by the Department of Health and the High Command, expected to be completed on February 15.

Information is HCM City Department of Health Director Nguyễn Tấn Bỉnh announced in the meeting between the Standing Committee of the City Party Committee with leaders of 24 districts and departments in the afternoon of Feb. 3 on the prevention of epidemic. According to Bỉnh, when the number of cases of pneumonia at the same time in the city more than 500, field hospitals will be used to receive, monitor care and treat suspected cases as well as patients.

The number of 500 cases is far beyond the capacity to receive treatment at existing isolation departments at the hospitals of the Department of Health.

The field hospital has a scale of 500 beds with at least 30 positive resuscitation beds. The hospital built in 2 facilities. Facility 1 has 300 beds, of which 20 positive resuscitation beds, located at the City Military School in Cu Chi district. Facility 2 with 200 beds in Phu Xuan commune, Nha Be district, has at least 10 positive resuscitation beds.

The hospital is equipped with equipment such as ventilators, monitors, X-rays, protective clothing, 5 ambulances …

Human resources of medical doctors for active resuscitation activities of the field hospital were mobilized in city hospitals such as People 115, Gia Dinh People, Nguyen Tri Phuong, Trung Vuong …

Department of Health of Ho Chi Minh City is the focal point for implementing the plan, organizing the operation of the field hospital. Ho Chi Minh City High Command prepared facilities to coordinate the establishment of hospitals, directing the implementation of disease prevention activities in military units.

Estimated medical equipment, medicines, essential medical supplies of the field hospital, with an investment of more than VND 255 billion.

In case the number of cases increases beyond the capacity of the field hospital, Phạm Ngọc Thạch Lung Hospital with 500 beds is expected to be transformed into a hospital specialized in receiving acute respiratory infections.

According to Bỉnh, the city also petitioned the Central Committee to allow the Tropical Hospital of Ho Chi Minh City to test cases of suspected corona virus infection. Currently, only the HCMC Pasteur Institute is assigned to test suspected cases from Ninh Thuan area to the South.

Khu vực cách ly bệnh nhân tại Bệnh viện Nhiệt đới Trung ương. Ảnh: Giang Huy.

Area for isolation of pneumonia patients at the Central Tropical Hospital. Photo: Giang Huy.

As of February 3, Vietnam recorded 8 cases positive for corona virus, 236 cases of suspected infection, including 163 cases of negative test results, 73 continued to isolate and monitor to prevent transmission to community. The Ministry of Health defines a case of “suspected infection” as a person with signs of fever, cough, coming from an epidemic area.

An outbreak of pneumonia caused by nCoV began in Wuhan late last year. As of February 3, the number of corona-related deaths increased to 362, including 361 in China, one in the Philippines; the number of cases infected is more than 17,000, according to the China National Health Commission.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on January 31 declared a global emergency because the nCoV pneumonia epidemic had spread to more than 20 countries and territories. Vietnam, the United States, Germany, Japan, South Korea and Thailand have reported cases of human-to-human transmission of nCoV.

According to Lê Phương – Hữu Công