HCM City adjusts COVID-19 combat strategy, prioritizing treatment

(VOVWORLD) - Ho Chi Minh City is shifting from focusing on screening testing to treatment, with a hope to minimize the number of COVID-19 critically ill patients and fatalities, said Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Health Nguyen Hoai Nam at a meeting on Tuesday.

Mr. Nam said that the city has put three COVID-19 intensive care units, with 1,500 beds, into operation while speeding up vaccinations. All of these centers meet the need of ventilators for patients. The city has also intensified health care at home and emergency aid centre 115, and is providing medical consultations via hotlines, he said.

HCM city have received more than 4.1 million doses of vaccines and administered over 3.4 million shots, Nam said, adding that the city will continue to accelerate the injection rate of 250,000 - 300,000 shots a day and may use up all the vaccines it has by Thursday.

The city has proposed the Ministry of Health continue providing vaccines for it in August with a total of 5.5 million doses to achieve the goal of achieving herd immunity, stated Nam.

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