Hanoi strengthens Covid-19 prevention and control during Lunar New Year (13:18 20/01/2023)


HNP - On January 17, the Hanoi People's Committee issued Official Letter No. 145/UBND-KGVX on strengthening the prevention and control of Covid-19 pandemic during the Lunar New Year and the 2023 festive season.  


The official dispatch stated that the City People's Committee requested the Department of Health to ensure close monitoring of the pandemic at the Noi Bai international airport, especially those entering from areas with outbreaks of pandemic and the emergence of new and dangerous variants of the SARS-CoV-2; strengthen surveillance in the community, medical examination and treatment facilities to detect new strains and variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

At the same time, it urged agencies and units to continue  the vaccination against Covid-19, paying special attention to groups of people at high risk, especially the elderly, people with underlying medical conditions, children from 5 to under 12 years old; strengthen communication at airports, railway stations, bus stations; while calling for the community to raise awareness and recommend people to actively continue to take measures to prevent and control the pandemic and  personal precautions; carry out vaccination against Covid-19 as recommended by the Ministry of Health.

The Department of Health should proactively prepare for treatment of Covid-19 patients in case of surging cases; ensuring sufficient drugs, equipment, chemicals and biological products for pandemic prevention and control; prepare facilities in case of new pandemic situations, in which tourist accomodations are requested  to arrange isolation rooms for in-bound tourists who are infected with Covid-19 but of mild symptoms and does not require hospitalization; inspect and supervise the organization and implementation of pandemic prevention and control to ensure proactive, ready and timely response to possible pandemic developments in the city.

The City People's Committee assigned the Department of Information and Communications to assume the prime responsibility for, and coordinate with the Department of Health, and city's central and municipal information and communication agencies, newspapers and radio stations in promoting raising public awareness about the pandemic; strictly implement the vaccination against Covid-19 as recommended by the health sector, especially those at high risk of disease.

The Department of Culture and Sports and the Department of Tourism shall assume the prime responsibility for, and coordinate with the Department of Health and People's Committees of districts, towns in directing and guiding attractions, scenic spots, and tourism service businesses in implementing measures to ensure safety for tourists and people; strengthen inspection and supervision of the organization of activities and events on the occasion of the Lunar New Year and the early festival season in 2023 to ensure effective pandemic prevention and control.

Departments, branches and People's Committees of districts, towns, based on their functions and tasks, coordinate with the health sector to strengthen pandemic prevention and control on the occasion of the Lunar New Year and the 2023 festive season to ensure practicality in anti-Covid-19 measures; strengthen the assurance of hygiene, disease prevention and control, ensure food safety and hygiene, and promote the role of officials, public servants, public employees and employees in the field of management in Covid-19 prevention and control; continue to promote the vaccination against Covid-19; strengthen inspection and supervision of the organization and implementation of pandemic prevention and control to ensure proactive, ready and timely response to possible developments in the locality.


By Hai Nam


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