The health conditions of most novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients who were previously considered as serious cases have improved thanks to the relentless efforts of doctors in Vietnam.
According to the Ministry of Health, patient No. 19, a 64-year-old Hanoi woman, no longer needs support from extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).
She has also tested negative for the disease three times so far.
Her health condition turned bad on March 15 during her COVID-19 treatment at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Dong Anh District, Hanoi.
The situation continued to get worse on March 19, thus the patient needed to undergo the ECMO therapy.
The health of three other serious patients, including two Britons and a Vietnamese, have also improved and they no longer need support from ventilators.
Two out of the three have also tested negative for COVID-19 three times since receiving treatment.
Doctors assessed that it would take another week to know for sure if they are no longer in bad health, but everything has proved good so far.
An 88-year-old woman is the only one left who requires support from a ventilator.
She was infected with COVID-19 during her treatment for another illness at Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi in March.
All of Vietnam’s five severe COVID-19 cases have been treated at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi.
Thirty experts and doctors were brought together to monitor their health and determine the best treatment for them.
The novel coronavirus, which first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has infected nearly 1.2 million people and killed more than 64,600 globally as of Sunday morning, according to Ministry of Health statistics.
Vietnam has announced 240 COVID-19 patients so far, with 90 having recovered.
No fatality associated with the disease has been reported in the country to date.