Authorities in Vietnam's southern Dong Nai Province have allowed medical workers infected with COVID-19 to continue treating coronavirus inpatients at a local hospital, provided that they are asymptomatic or have mild developments.
The approval was signed by Phan Huy Anh Vu, director of the Dong Nai Department of Health, on Thursday.
While all people catching COVID-19 are supposed to undergo quarantine and treatment according to the Ministry of Health's instructions, Vu made an exception for the coronavirus-infected medical staff at the Dong Nai General Hospital regarding a lack of personnel there.
The hospital has designated its thin manpower to cover both treatment missions within its campus and at the province's COVID-19 intensive care center and field hospitals.
In order to avoid further pressure on the healthcare system, the provincial health director granted a permission for the hospital's coronavirus-infected medical staff with mild or no symptoms to be quarantined and treated at its campus.
During their quarantine period, the medical workers can take part in the treatment of coronavirus inpatients at the hospital by choice and receive allowances as per regulations.
It is reported that 42 medical workers at the Dong Nai General Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19 so far.
A number of them have volunteered to partake in treating coronavirus inpatients.
Dong Nai has recorded 38,081 local infections since the fourth virus wave's emergence on April 27, making it the third hardest-hit locality in Vietnam after Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong Province.
Vietnam has reported 667,650 patients, including 433,465 recoveries and 16,637 deaths, since the COVID-19 pandemic first emerged early last year.
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