MoH responds to Novel Corona Virus
15:43 | 20/01/2020

VGP – The Ministry of Health has issued an urgent dispatch 62/KCB-NV to hospitals in response to Novel Corona Virus (nCoV). 

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The Department of Viet Nam Administration of Medical Services under the Ministry of Health tasked hospitals at central and local levels, medical staff to be well prepared for nCoV. 

The relevant units were asked to classify patients immediately after they register medical check-up. Especially patients with acute respiratory infection symptoms will be categorized for medical chek-up in separated examination rooms. 

Earlier, the MoH continued to direct and closely monitor epidemics at border gates and hospitals and in the community to quickly detect any suspected cases for timely treatment, while sending missions to inspect disease prevention and control in localities to ensure that disease prevention work is carried out continuously even during Tet and other festivals at the beginning of the Lunar New Year Festival. 

The MoH also provided advice for people on how to protect themselves from the virus by warning them to limit contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections. If necessary, people should wear surgical masks and keep their distance.

People were also advised to keep warm, maintain personal hygiene, wash their hands with soap and gargle with antiseptic mouthwash to prevent pneumonia. 

The ministry also recommended that people cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, preferably with a cloth or handkerchief, to reduce the spread of respiratory secretions, as well as to limit close contact with animals or wildlife.

The MoH also suggested that people in the city who had returned from Wuhan, or had close contact with a person with pneumonia, in the last 14 days should visit their nearest health centre for examination and treatment if they show any signs of fever, coughing or shortness of breath.

The move came after the ministry said that Wuhan – the capital of China’s Hubei Province – had admitted 59 people to hospital with an unidentified form of pneumonia, including 45 cases of acute pneumonia caused by nCoV, and 41 of them tested positive for nCoV.

So far, Viet Nam has yet recorded any cases of acute pneumonia caused by novel coronavirus (nCoV) as of January 19, announced the Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health (MoH).

As reported earlier, two Chinese nationals, residents of Wuhan, who had been detected with fever manifestations at Da Nang International Airport, were found negative to nCoV and have been discharged from the hospital./.

By Kim Loan

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