One more COVID-19 patient discharged, Vietnam at 216 recoveries

Tuesday, 2020-04-21 15:56:16
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A man gets his body temperature checked before entering a quarantine camp in Nghe An Province. (Photo: NDO)
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NDO – One more COVID-19 patient was discharged from hospital in Ho Chi Minh City on April 21, bringing the total number of recoveries in Vietnam to 216 out of 268 confirmed cases.

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The Sub-Committee for Treatment under the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control announced that the patient – a 20-year-old Vietnamese man returning from abroad – was released from the Cu Chi Field Hospital in HCM City’s Cu Chi District, following a full recovery.

Patient 248 had tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 three times from April 13 to 19 and is now in stable health after two weeks of treatment there. He will be kept under medical monitoring at home for another 14 days.

Up until now, 52 out of 54 COVID-19 patients in HCM City have recovered, one among the remaining two is a seriously ill British pilot – Patient 91 – who has overcome his critical period and is now stabilised with no fever, normal blood pressure and improved lung function after physical therapy.

The latest discharge in HCM City helps bring the total recoveries in Vietnam to 216, accounting for 81% of the all confirmed cases so far.

Vietnam marked five days in a row without any new infections as no new COVID-19 cases were reported on April 21 morning.

* On the same day, Nhan Dan Newspaper Representative Office in HCM City continued its social activities to assist disadvantaged local labourers amid COVID-19.

Representatives from Nhan Dan Newspaper Office in Ho Chi Minh City donate rice to a “rice ATM” in the city’s District 6 on April 21, 2020. (Photo: NDO/Minh Anh)

Through District 6 Party Committee, the newspaper donated 300 kg of rice to a “rice ATM” located at the headquarters of the People's Committee of Ward 5 in District 6. The special ATM has been set up to distribute rice for free for those in need amid the complicated development of the epidemic.

A day earlier, Nhan Dan Newspaper handed over 1 tonne of rice each to the Fatherland Front Committees of District 5 and District 11, as well as 500 kg of rice to HCM City Oncology Hospital. The rice was donated from the Dai Nam Ong Bien JSC through the newspaper’s call to support epidemic prevention efforts.

* Also on April 21, the Military Region 2 High Command transferred medical supplies and equipment to representatives of northern Lao provinces at Tay Trang International Border Gate in Vietnam’s Dien Bien Province to support their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

This included 90,000 antibacterial face masks, 20 infrared thermometers to measure body temperature, and 3,000 disinfection gel tubes. The command also presented a number of COVID-19 prevention and control documents translated into Lao to the localities. The total value of the equipment and support materials is over VND2 billion.

The Military Region 2 High Command and Dien Bien Province’s leaders present medical supplies and equipment to representatives of northern Lao provinces on April 21, 2020. (Photo: NDO/Le Lan)

* On the same day, the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Committee of Soc Trang Province informed that after one week, its relief fund has mobilised over VND4 billion, 35 tonnes of rice, five water purifiers, 30 water tanks and other necessities to provide to the disadvantaged suffering from the epidemic and the current drought and saltwater intrusion in the locality.

* In Kien Giang Province, the local VFF Committee has received donations worth more than VND22 billion from 90 collectives and individuals to support the COVID-19 fight as well as drought and saltwater crisis efforts. From this support, the committee awarded 430 gifts and cash to local border posts, hospitals, orphan villages and nursing homes.

* Also on April 21, the Vietnam Red Cross Society announced that this April, the agency has coordinated with Abbott Company to deliver 27,600 bottles of Ensure Gold milk by Abbott to health workers and doctors at 22 frontline hospitals. The VND1.2 billion programme aims to help physicians maintain and protect their health during the prevention and control of the COVID-19 epidemic.