| Deputy Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen speaks at the event
Deputy Minister Tuyen made the statement during an online conference in Hanoi on February 25 to carry out medical work during 2020 and the steps being taken to prevent and control the COVID-19 epidemic.
The health official affirmed that that the country has undertaken swift measures in a bid to timely detect, isolate, and successfully treat infected cases. Indeed, these steps have won high praise among the wider international community.
Amid complicated developments relating to the COVID-19 epidemic globally, especially in the Republic of Korea and Italy in recent days, the Deputy Minister underlined the importance of medical isolation for any suspected or infected cases, while strictly monitoring people, international students, and visitors who have recently returned from epidemic areas.
He noted that people arriving in the country from any of the epidemic areas should be put in isolation for 14 days in accordance with regulations set out by the health sector.
The Deputy Minister also called for drastic measures to be taken in order to stamp out the epidemic and quickly treat infected cases regardless of their nationality.
Moreover, there remains a need to deploy greater surveillance at border gates, speed up medical supervision nationwide, identify suspected cases of infection, organising training courses for medical staff, putting patients in isolation in a swift manner, as well as strengthening hospital infection control.
Localities should make thorough preparations so they are ready to respond to any scenario of outbreaks and move to ensure sufficient medicine, biological products, and medical equipment are on hand to meet the demand of localities, Deputy Minister Tuyen noted.