Enhancing communication on COVID-19 prevention and control (07:56 12/08/2020)

HNP - Member of the Party Central Committee, Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung, who is the head of the municipal Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control, chaired an online meeting on August 10 regarding measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung makes conclusion at the meeting.

Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee and deputy head of the municipal Steering Committee Ngo Van Quy, together with leaders of the city’s entities were also in attendance. 


Giving a report at the meeting, Truong Quang Viet, Deputy Director in charge of managing Hanoi Center on Disease Control (CDC), said that the number of community-acquired cases in Hanoi still stood at seven.
He warned of a very high risk of COVID-19 transmission in Northern provinces, adding that there is a possibility that a medical staff at Hai Duong General Hospital has been infected with the coronavirus, and the Ministry of Health would provide official update on this case later.
Concerning mass testing for those who returned to the capital city from the central city of Da Nang from July 15, Viet said that a total of 7,668 samples COVID-19 test were sent to four central hospitals. In particular, Bach Mai Hospital conducted PCR tests for 6,531 samples, of them, 2,672 showed negative results. 
According to the leader of Bac Tu Liem District People’s Committee, there are two cases of high fever returning from Da Nang from July 26. 
One case is a 30-year-old man living in Minh Khai ward. He traveled to Da Nang from July 19 to 23. He developed a fever with body temperature rising above 38 degrees Celsius on August 6. The district’s quick response team took his sample for PCR testing and put him under quarantine at Ha Dong Hospital. 
Another case is a 47-year-old woman living in Xuan Dinh ward. She had visited Da Nang from July 14 to 19. On August 9, she had a fever with temperature above 38 degrees Celsius and sore throat. She was tested postive for the coronavirus and isolated at Vinmec Hospital. 
Making conclusion at the meeting, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung called on all people who have returned to the capital city from Da Nang from July 8 to fill out health declaration forms. All returnees from July 15 are required to be tested by PCR method. 
He urged the CDC to ensure sufficient test kits for all districts, so that localities could conduct 10,000 - 12,000 PCR tests per day.
Stressing high risk of infections in hospitals, the Chairman requested the hospitals to strictly comply  with COVID-19 prevention and control protocol. 
Chung ordered the health sector to immediately conduct tests for all those with coughing or fever symptoms, and only when they have a negative PCR test result then the medical facilities could receive and treat other patients.
“It is necessary to enhance communication work among local residents so that they voluntarily make medical declaration, helping the municipal authorities complete testing 75,000 Da Nang returnees by August 20”, Mayor Chung emphasized.
In case district-level authorities detect case of SARS-CoV-2 infection after testing, the localities should follow regulations under the direction of the Prime Minister, the Government and the National Steering Committee, the mayor noted.
Chung also asked the districts to work with the Department of health, the CDC, wards and medical stations, based on actual situation, to decide on concentrated isolation or home isolation or locking down a section of a street, a hamlet or a group of resident, among others. 

By Tran Huong

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