Encouragement on the Front Lines: Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Visits Hoan My Hospital27/07/2021
On Monday 26 July, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam visited Hoan My Thu Duc International General Hospital to provide encouragement and to discuss the emergency Covid-19 strategy with the leaders of the hospital and Ho Chi Minh City. The Chairman of the People’s Committee of Thu Duc City, Hoang Tung, also joined the delegation.
The visit marked Ho Chi Minh City officially approving the temporary conversion of Hoan My Thu Duc International General Hospital to an emergency Covid-19 treatment centre. Hoan My Thu Duc is the first private hospital in Ho Chi Minh City to receive Covid-19 patients.
The emergency facilities provide a practical solution to sharing the burden of the city’s public health sector in treating Covid-19 patients, as Vietnam endures a further wave of the virus.
Hoan My Thu Duc International General Hospital, which in late 2020 became the 15th hospital in the Hoan My Medical Corporation, Vietnam’s largest private healthcare group, will put 100 beds into operation next week for Covid-19 treatment. The move answered the call from Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee to local health facilities to urgently support the Covid-19 treatment effort. Hoan My Thu Duc’s location, around ten kilometres from the Covid-19 Intensive Care Hospital, makes it convenient to transport patients between the two facilities.
The Deputy Prime Minister noted that he was very touched by the selfless dedication of those fighting the pandemic. Hoan My has proudly welcomed the voluntary participation at the emergency centre of more than 3,000 medical staff from across its 15 hospitals and six clinics. For phase two of the plan, Hoan My plans to raise the number of beds to 200, in the near future.
In preparation to receive Covid-19 patients, the hospital installed a 6000 m3 liquid oxygen tank to ensure sufficient oxygen supplies for those in need. Hoan My Thu Duc International General Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City, 28 July 2021.
In addition, Hoan My supported the Ho Chi Minh City emergency centre by providing 20 ambulances, in a contingency plan to prevent the city from running short of resources in the crisis. The Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee and the Director of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health sent their particular thanks to the hospital group. The untiring efforts of doctors, nurses and hospital leadership on the front lines are a testament to their dedication to providing the best possible care during these extremely challenging times.