The HCM City-based Military Hospital 175 on March 16 vaccinated 70 staff members of the second-grade Field Hospital No. 3 that is leaving on a peacekeeping mission in late March to South Sudan.
The hospital is the other Covid-19 vaccination site in Ho Chi Minh City, besides the HCM City Hospital for Tropical Diseases.
The officers will be vaccinated with their second dose in South Sudan.
Major General Nguyen Hong Son, Director of Military Hospital 175, said the vaccinations demonstrate their responsibility to the community and South Sudan.
At least 2,100 staff members of Military Hospital 175 will be given priority for a Covid-19 vaccination after the field hospital’s members, including those on duty at the DK1 rig house, border guards in Tay Ninh province, staff at the Wards of Medical Examination, Emergency Recovery, Infectious Diseases, Laboratory and others.
Military Hospital 175 will coordinate with the High Command of Border Guard to organize Covid-19 vaccination for border guards of Tay Ninh province.
Medical screening and counseling for Vietnamese military medical officers before they receive Covid-19 vaccinations.
On behalf of the Field Hospital, Director - Major Trinh My Hoa said this was encouragement for the hospital staff to focus on improving the quality of health care during the South Sudan mission.
Hoa also expressed his gratitude to the Government, the Military Medical Department, and Military Hospital 175 for giving priority to field hospital staff before they leave for the peacekeeping mission of the United Nations in South Sudan where healthcare facilities are poor.
As the doctor who will be responsible for performing surgery for patients in South Sudan, captain and Dr Nguyen Thanh Nam, Head of Department of Surgery of the field hospital, said: “Before the vaccination, I learned about AstraZeneca vaccine. As a doctor, I understand that any drug has a certain undesirable rate so I don't feel worried. My teammates and I feel more secure after being vaccinated and are ready to go on duty in the next few days.”
Dr. Nam also said that the training process of the field hospital does not have support this time from the UK, the US and Australian military forces due to the Covid-19 pandemic. So this is a special training course.
Captain Tran Thuan Trang, chief nursing officer of the Medical Examination Ward of the field hospital, said that her work is in direct contact with patients, so she feels more confident after being vaccinated.
Lieutenant Nguyen Thi Nhu Ngoc from the Surgery Ward of the field hospital said that when she learned that she was one of the first medical officers to be vaccinated against Covid-19, she felt anxious and nervous because this is new vaccine. However, after the vaccination, she was assured.
Captain and Dr Nguyen Thanh Nam, Head of the Surgery Ward of the field hospital, was the first to be vaccinated on March 16.
Supervising the Covid-19 vaccination for field hospital staff, Colonel Nguyen Huu My, Deputy Director of the Department of Military Medicine under the Ministry of Defense, said that in South Sudan, there are more than 100 new Covid cases every day.
In Vietnam, although the epidemic has been controlled, there is a potential for an outbreak at any time. Due to limited sources of vaccines, only about 117,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been allocated by the Government to the Ministry of Defense. Priority is being given to the frontline forces against epidemics, including staff at field hospitals.
As the vaccine is limited and further vaccination is needed, Colonel Nguyen Huu My asked field hospital staff to implement the government’s 5K message (in Vietnamese - Khau trang (facemask)- Khu khuan (disinfection) - Khoang cach (distance) - Khong tu tap (no gathering) – Khai bao y te (health declaration) on preventing the spread of the virus.
Nurse Tran Thi Thom receives her certification of Covid-19 vaccination.
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