According to Luong Ngoc Khue, deputy head of the Treatment Sub-committee under the National Steering Commitee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, the patient’s condition was still severe and he will continue undergo strict health monitoring, especially in terms of his lung infection and drug resistance. It will take weeks for him to be able to function free of the ventilator and recover movement, Khue noted.
In the coming days, doctors will continue using antibiotics to treat infections of the Burkholderia Cepacia bacteria and to prevent possible new infections.
The patient will undergo physical therapy to recover his muscle and respiratory functions. He was declared free of the novel coronavirus on May 20 after having tested negative for the virus multiple times, and was then transferred from the HCMC Hospital for Tropical Diseases to Cho Ray Hospital for further treatment.
Earlier, according to information released by HCM City-based Cho Ray Hospital, the patient showed signs of consciousness, and was able to have contact, fully follow medical instruction, smile and shake hands with medical workers.