Several hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City have resumed their normal functions as the southern city has obtained initial positive achievements in pushing back the COVID-19 pandemic.
District 7 Hospital and Cu Chi General Hospital have been the first establishments to have their functions restored on Tuesday, after months being requisitioned as coronavirus quarantine and treatment facilities.
According to the health ministry, a total of 95 hospitals in the city have been mobilized in the treatment of COVID-19 patients over the past five months.
Aside from makeshift hospitals that were established exclusively for the COVID-19 treatment purpose, many infirmaries have been partially or totally transformed into COVID-19 treatment facilities.
As cases and deaths show signs of slowing, it is necessary to restore the initial functions of the facilities so they could provide normal medical examination and treatment services.
The city's health department has prepared a plan to gradually resume the regular functions of local hospitals, but they must always be ready to respond effectively when the pandemic situation worsens.
|Cu Chi General Hospital in Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City is fumigated is this supplied photo.|
The hospitals must also meet certain requirements to ensure safe operations amid the pandemic.
Each district in the city has to set aside a treatment facility for COVID-19 patients with symptoms.
The health department has also prepared a roadmap to shut down makeshift COVID-19 hospitals that were established at local schools, student dormitories, and offices.
Vietnam had documented 766,051 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday afternoon, with 538,454 recoveries and 18,758 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
The country has recorded 761,527 local infections in 62 out of 63 provinces and cities since the fourth wave began on April 27.
Ho Chi Minh City is the hardest-hit with 375,794 cases.
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