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This morning, online interview: 5 months during the pandemic

At 10:00 am on October 14, Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Truong Son, Professor Le Thi Quynh Mai and Doctor Nguyen Trung Trung, exchanged online on VnExpress looking back on 5 months of fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vietnam has just spent 5 months fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, so far, it has basically successfully controlled it. By October 13, the fourth outbreak recorded more than 840,000 infections, more than 20,700 deaths. Much loss and grief have come and gone. The whole country moved into a phase of safe adaptation, living with Covid. Provinces and cities began to reopen, traffic restarted, workers returned to work after many days of social distancing.

In order to move into the new normal period, the Government, ministries and branches together with the National Steering Committee for epidemic prevention and control have been making urgent decisions, in important moments, implementing many important actions. unprecedented measures.

In order to help the public better understand the untold story of those in the command of epidemic prevention and control, VnExpress Organize an Online Talk: 5 months during the pandemic. The three guests included Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son, Deputy Director of the Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology Le Thi Quynh Mai, Deputy Director of the Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases Nguyen Trung Trung. They are all working as the frontline in the fight against Covid-19.

Readers ask questions to guests here.

From left to right: Professor Le Thi Quynh Mai, Deputy Minister Nguyen Truong Son, Doctor Nguyen Trung Cap. Photo: Tuan Mark/Quynh Tran/Ta Nguyen

Deputy Minister Nguyen Truong Son assumed the position of Head of the Standing Department to specially support Ho Chi Minh City against the Covid-19 epidemic, the Ministry of Health, in mid-June, when the city experienced half a month of outbreaks of infection chains related to the Phuc Hung missionary group. .

In the first half of June, the number of infections the Ministry of Health recorded daily across the country was only a few dozen cases, in 5-6 provinces, mainly in Ho Chi Minh City related to missionary groups and scattered infections. local number. After that, the epidemic began to spread widely, silently infected in the community, the number of daily recorded cases quickly increased by 2 digits, 3-4 numbers; the number of deaths is continuously increasing; many districts blockade residential clusters, neighborhoods, apartment buildings; Dozens of field hospitals that were set up quickly are still not enough to accommodate patients, they can’t be filled up until there…

Deputy Minister Son, in the role of “battlefield commander”, on behalf of the Ministry of Health coordinated anti-epidemic activities in Ho Chi Minh City and southern provinces, coordinated with the National Anti-epidemic Steering Committee, the anti-epidemic steering committee to successfully control the epidemic. The city made many decisions, deployed many strategies and tactics, applied the 3-tier treatment model… He issued a summons, calling on all medical forces including retirees and students. , volunteered to join hands to support Ho Chi Minh City against the epidemic.

During the 5 months of fighting the epidemic, the role of medical staff – the frontline force – is especially important. Nearly 200,000 doctors, medical staff, including on-site team (mobilized from public – private hospitals – clinics – grassroots medical stations); more than 29,000 employees from units under the Ministry of Health in Ho Chi Minh City, central hospitals, hospitals in provinces and cities nationwide… They made great contributions in zoning out samples for testing, treatment, and treatment. care for patients, reducing morbidity and mortality rates.

One of the key strategies to quickly localize and stamp out the epidemic is testing, “fast testing”, the Ministry of Health determined. When the epidemic began to break out in Ho Chi Minh City, Professor Le Thi Quynh Mai supported by the Ministry of Health to the South.

Ms. Mai is an expert in testing and epidemiology. In the past two years, she has always been one of the first people present in the hottest epidemic areas, participating in the operation of taking samples for testing. During the 4th outbreak in the South, she participated in coordinating the testing strategy in Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Dong Nai…

The testing strategy over time has been changed many times to suit the development of the epidemic, sometimes controversial. From community-wide testing to targeted community testing, home testing, rapid testing of single or aggregate samples, family representative samples, rapid antigen or PCR testing, for people to test themselves quickly …

Until now, when the epidemic has been controlled in the new adaptation, testing is still an important strategy to screen and detect F0 to promptly isolate from the community.

Doctor Nguyen Trung Trung in the first group of experts to support Dong Thap in early July. At that time, the Mekong Delta provinces started to have an outbreak, especially the number of deaths in Dong Thap increased very quickly.

Doctor Level has been involved in the treatment of Covid since the beginning of last year, when the first cases appeared in Vietnam. In Dong Thap, he realized the fact that the capacity for intensive care treatment in this province, as well as in the western provinces, was very lacking in terms of human resources, equipment, and infrastructure. This is also the reason why at that time the death toll in Dong Thap was very high, dozens of people were lost in just a few days. Dr. Level, along with his supportive colleagues, has gradually treated severe patients, prevented death, and trained and transferred active resuscitation techniques to the local medical team to improve their professional capacity. subject.



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