Hanoi takes action to prevent nCoV-caused acute respiratory disease (21:53 31/01/2020)

HNP - Member of Party Central Committee, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung chaired a meeting with departments, sectors and districts on January 30 to discuss specific solutions to cope with the acute respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus (nCoV) in the city.

Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung chairs the meeting.

According to Deputy Director of the Department of Health Hoang Duc Hanh, as of January 30, 2020, 7,711 cases of nCoV infections had been reported in 17 countries and territories worldwide.
The World Health Organization issues a very high level of epidemic warnings in China while in the region and globally, the warning level is high.
As of January 20, Vietnam had confirmed two cases of infection. They are two Chinese nationals. One of them has recovered. 
Currently, no cases of nCoV have been recorded in Hanoi. The health sector has applied forced quarantine on 14 people suspected of being infected by the new coronavirus. 
The 14 suspected cases are now in stable condition, three people have recovered, one is tested negative with the nCoV, others are waiting for test results. 
According to the health official, the Department of Health has taken various measures for prevention and control of nCoV. 
To date, the health sector has strengthened surveillance on passengers at Noi Bai International Airport and requested medical declarations upon entry at the border gates. 
In addition, the health sector has investigated and isolated the houses and surrounding areas of the 14 people and drew a list of 60 others who have made close contacts with them for monitoring. So far, all of them are in good health.
It also announced and maintained 24/24 operation of the hotlines 0969082115 and 0949396115 to receive information related to the nCoV.
Speaking at the meeting, Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung said Hanoi has proactively rolled out disease prevention and control under the guidance of the Ministry of Health. 
Stressing that the disease will continue to be complicated in the coming time, the Chairman asked the health sector to tighten surveillance on passengers at Noi Bai International Airport; apply forced quarantine on people suspected of being infected; prepare 15-20 million face masks to provide free of charge to the locals if necessary.
Hospitals in the city need to prepare medical equipment and medicines, Chung noted. 
He asked the Health Department for mapping out concrete plans on prevention and control of nCoV and offering training courses for health workers. Non-public health facilities are requested to join the effort. 
The city leader also asked communication agencies in collaboration with doctors of the Department of Preventive Medicine, Ministry of Health to disseminate background knowledge, signs and symptoms of the nCoV, and measures for disease prevention and control among people.
He underlined the need for the Department of Education and Training to popularize preventive measures, such as washing hands and wearing face  mask among students’ parents. 
Meanwhile, all districts must closely supervise foreign workers in construction sites, and strengthen the communication on the disease among locals, the city official requested. 
Chung also asked the Department of Tourism to work with travel agents to temporarily stop receiving visitors from epidemic-infected areas.

By Tran Huong

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