More than 13,000 healthcare workers join COVID-19 fight in the south

VOV.VN - As many as 13,145 healthcare workers from northern and central provinces have volunteered to join frontline forces in the south to combat COVID-19, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).

The MoH alone deployed more than 11,400 doctors, nurses, and orderlies of hospitals, as well as lecturers and students of medical schools to Ho Chi Minh City and other southern localities that are currently coronavirus hotspots.

Meanwhile, northern and central provinces sent 1,734 healthcare workers, comprising doctors, nurses, and volunteers, to join the forces.

In addition, the MoH dispatched directors of the five centrally run hospitals to head intensive care unit (ICU) centres in the south to treat critically ill patients.

Along with human resources support, the MoH also supplied southern provinces with medical supplies including respirators, RT-PCR testing machines, ECMO machines, test kits, face masks and chemicals for disinfection.

The MoH coordinated closely with big businesses to purchase and import COVID-19 drugs, including Remdesivir, to support treatment.   

Vietnam has recorded approximately 9,000 new coronavirus cases daily during the past few days, mostly in the south. On August 17 alone an additional 9,605 infections were recorded, with Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong registering 3,559, and 3,332, respectively.