Ho Chi Minh City has welcomed more than 6,000 medical staff who have come to support the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic.
Hanoi-based Hospital K's doctors and nurses took a group picture before departing to HCM City on July 27.
According to the Ministry of Health, in the first phase, 3,671 people, including 612 doctors, 1,362 nurses, 68 technicians and 1,629 medical students, came to help the city. In phase 2, the city welcomed 289 people, including 88 doctors, 191 nurses and 10 technicians.
In addition, more than 2,000 people have registered to support Ho Chi Minh City at the call of Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Truong Son in the past three days. These people have been sent to medical facilities depending on their expertise.
In addition to these forces, there are many others who have registered to come to the city and are available to go.
The country’s largest hospitals based in Hanoi such as Huu Nghi, E, K, Central Dermatology, Central Pediatrics, Central Obstetrics and Gynecology... have sent more than 200 doctors and nurses to Ho Chi Minh City. These are well-trained and experienced doctors who have been fully vaccinated with two shots of vaccine and tested for SARS-CoV-2 before going to HCMC.
On July 28, HCMC recorded 4,449 new Covid-19 cases. This spike, though still high, is much lower than the surge of 6,318 cases on July 27.
The HCMC government will evaluate the city’s Covid-19 situation on August 1 and may extend stringent social distancing following Directive No. 12 by one or two weeks, Phan Van Mai, standing deputy secretary of the HCMC Party Committee, said at a meeting on July 28.