|The third patient dies of leukemia, pneumonia and COVID-19 (Photo:zingnews)
The female patient, 68, died of leukemia, severe pneumonia and COVID-19, said a Health Ministry official, adding the patient was admitted to Da Nang Cancer Hospital on July 28 and died early on August 1 morning.
The woman who also suffered from diabetes and hypertension, had been admitted to Da Nang General Hospital before being transferred to the cancer hospital.
The patient tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus on July 30 and was then placed in quarantine at Da Nang Cancer Hospital for surveillance and treatment.
“She was suffering from leukemia in the final stage alongside severe pneumonia, and COVID-19 is just part of the cause of her death,” said Nguyen Gia Binh, member of the Treatment Sub-Committee under the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control.
This is the third fatality of COVID-19 in Vietnam. The other two cases, reported on July 31, also suffered from underlying illnesses.
Binh admitted that treating COVID-19 patients at the moment is ‘harder’ than several months ago, as most of them are at the advanced age and have chronic diseases such as heart failure, diabetes, kidney failure, even cancer in the final stage.
The health sector has dispatched a contingent of medical workers comprised of experts on cardiology, resuscitation, artificial kidney, as well as fighting infection to Da Nang to assist their colleagues in combating the disease.
“All the three fatalities have so far been ‘force majeure’ cases,” concluded Dr. Binh.
Vietnam has to date confirmed a total of 558 coronavirus cases, with 373 recoveries and three deaths.