Hospital for Omicron-infected patients in HCM City
  • By Hoang Le | | February 03, 2022 11:14 AM

A field hospital has been set up to treat Omicron-infected patients in Ho Chi Minh City.

Field Hospital 12 is providing treatment for Omicron-infected patients arriving in Ho Chi Minh City from different countries.

The hospital was established in December 2021 when the city reported the first patients infected with the new Covid-19 variant.

45 doctors were sent to work at the hospital which has 3,500 beds. At present, the hospital is taking care for some 357 Covid-19 patients including those infected with the Omicron variant.

Deputy director of the hospital, Doan Van Loi Em said that they received the first two patients who arrived in the city from abroad on December 7, 2021.

Doctor Doan Van Loi Em

"We divided the hospital into separate areas for properly admitting, testing and treating patients," he said. "We also have to inform local authorities to closely monitor patients after recovery."

The doctor shared that they faced lots of pressure and challenges when dealing with the new Omicron variant.

"We have to try to prevent the spread of the new variant while also having some difficulties communicating with the foreign patients," he said. "I remembered we struggled to find a way to talk to the first two patients who are Bangladeshi sailors. Gradually the doctors have got used to using body language and Google translation to communicate with patients who speak different languages."

"We also have to order separate food for some patients who could not eat Vietnamese food or follow special diets."

HCM City which used to be Vietnam's biggest Covid-19 epicentre is reporting a sharp fall in the number of new infections with just 148 cases confirmed on Wednesday. The city has so far recorded 92 Omicron-infected patients out of the total 186 confirmed in the country.

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