Vietnam’s capital Hanoi will hit peak of Covid-19 in two weeks, city president says

HANOI, Feb. 27 (Vietnam News/ANN): Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh has warned that the capital will see the peak of the current Covid-19 outbreak in mid-March.

Experts have predicted that the number of new cases in the city will continue to rise in the next two weeks and peak thereafter, depending on prevention and control work, Anh said.

He was speaking Sunday at a meeting with local authorities in Hanoi on measures to reduce pressure on grassroots medical workers, those working in ward and township health clinics.

The situation is complicated in Hanoi because more than 10,000 new patients are reported daily and 76 communes and districts (12.8% of the total) have seen their high risk level at level 3 (high risk), announced the president of the town. noted.

However, 96% of patients are mild cases with no symptoms and 95% are treated at home.

“The pressure is immense for medical workers, especially those at the grassroots level,” Anh said.

“They still need to monitor these patients and, at the same time, pursue other health care procedures such as confirming new patients, recoveries and reviewing elderly people with underlying health conditions and those who have not been vaccinated.”

The city sees this as a huge challenge and calls for more in-depth use of digital systems in patient management, as well as citizen collaboration, according to Anh. Everyone should be aware of the symptoms of Covid-19, the care process, the equipment and the necessary medicines to have at home.

They also need to know when to perform self-tests to avoid wasting test kits, and who to report to, through which channels, if symptoms arise.

Anh asked the director of the city’s health department to form a cross-sectoral working group with clear points of contact to review and report on urgent issues every day.

He also asked the health authorities to clarify the number of patients a communal medical worker can take care of per day and to identify the number of workers needed for each day so that other sectors can support and coordinate.

Regarding the reopening of schools, the director of the city’s education and training department, Tran The Cuong, said that 15 districts have asked their students, who are in grades 1 to 6, to study again online to ensure their safety, as they had not been vaccinated.

“The city will make the final decision after reviewing reports from the education department,” Anh said. – Vietnam News/ANN

Carol N. Valencia