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Doctors, nurses pen letter volunteering to be on Vietnam’s COVID-19 frontline

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 18:35 GMT+7
Doctors, nurses pen letter volunteering to be on Vietnam’s COVID-19 frontline
A doctor in a protective suit visits Vietnam’s 30th COVID-19 patient being quarantined and treated at Hue Central Hospital in Hue City, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam in this undated photo. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Eighteen doctors, nurses, and medical staff members in the central city of Hue have penned a letter expressing their wish to be on the frontline of Vietnam’s fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The 18 volunteers, who are working at the Traumas and Orthopedics Department of Hue Central Hospital, located in Thua Thien-Hue Province, co-signed the letter sent to the institution’s management board.

“With great pride to be white-coat fighters, we are aware of our pioneering responsibility in this difficult period,” the letter reads. 

“Therefore, together, we voluntarily write this letter to the Board of Directors to seek your permission for us to directly participate in the care and treatment of COVID-19 patients in our hospital or other places.”

The letter was signed by all 18 volunteer doctors, nurses, and medical staff members.

Nguyen Thanh Xuan, deputy director at Hue Central Hospital, confirmed to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Wednesday that the hospital’s management board had received the letter.

According to Xuan, hospital leaders highly appreciate the volunteering spirit of the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Traumas and Orthopedics Department and are considering making personnel changes in accordance with Vietnam’s anti-epidemic efforts.

A letter from 18 volunteering doctors, nurses and medical staff members at Hue Central Hospital in Hue City, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam is seen in this photo. Photo: Thanh Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A letter from 18 volunteering doctors, nurses, and medical staff members at Hue Central Hospital in Hue City, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam is seen in this photo. Photo: Thanh Xuan / Tuoi Tre

The sign-up came after Vietnam’s health ministry on Saturday called on all healthcare workers, including medical students and retired doctors and nurses, to join hands in the country’s fight against coronavirus.

Vietnam has confirmed 134 cases of COVID-19 infections so far, with 17 of them having fully recovered and been discharged from hospitals by Friday last week.

Two active cases are currently treated in Hue.

No death attributed to the novel coronavirus has been recorded in the country.

About 280 retired doctors and nurses and 700 medical students volunteered to participate in the country’s battle against COVID-19 in Hanoi last week.

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