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Hundreds of expectant mothers rejoice at discharge from COVID-19 quarantine zone in Vietnam

Hundreds of expectant mothers rejoice at discharge from COVID-19 quarantine zone in Vietnam

Saturday, June 13, 2020, 16:26 GMT+7
Hundreds of expectant mothers rejoice at discharge from COVID-19 quarantine zone in Vietnam
Staff members and police officers at a novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine zone in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam help pregnant women carry their luggage out of the facility after completing their mandatory quarantine, June 12, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre

A bevy of pregnant Vietnamese women repatriated from Taiwan completed their 14-day quarantine period on Friday and has set out to return to their respective hometowns.

On Friday morning, the Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in the central province Quang Nam held a meeting to give out all-clear certificates to 345 Vietnamese returnees.

The group returned from Taiwan on a repatriation flight on May 29 and has completed their quarantine period at a military school in Quang Nam.

Col. Nguyen Huu Nghia, deputy leader of Quang Nam’s Military Command, commended the unflinching spirit of staff members at the quarantine zone, who overcame the hurdles of the current situation and provided the best possible living condition for the cordoned residents.

He also applauded those quarantined at the zone for their due diligence, cooperation and adherence to isolation guidelines.

A pregnant woman holds her novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) all-clear certificate after completing mandatory quarantine at a facility in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, June 12, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre
A pregnant woman holds her novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) all-clear certificate after completing mandatory quarantine at a facility in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, June 12, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre

For the quarantine zone, this specific group of residents is deemed peculiar for its whopping 277 pregnant women, two of whom delivered their babies during their stay in the precinct.

One out of the two newborns was named Quang Nam after the province as a way to commemorate the bizarre story and pay tribute to the medical staff and officers at the facility.

Coming out of isolation and heading back home, the expectant mothers were glowing with delight.

En route to Da Nang International Airport was Vu Thi Theu, a woman at her 28th week of pregnancy.

She had not set foot on her homeland for the last six years due to the hustle of married life in Taiwan.

“Now that I am about to visit my hometown and see my relatives, I can’t be more grateful,” Theu professed.

Col. Nguyen Huu Nghia (left) from Quang Nam Province’s Military Command hands out all-clear certificates to residents at a novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine facility in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, June 12, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre
Col. Nguyen Huu Nghia (left) from Quang Nam Province’s Military Command hands out all-clear certificates to residents at a novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine facility in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, June 12, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre

Theu’s sentiment was shared by many other pregnant women returning home from Taiwan.

In regard to the upheaval created by COVID-19, a large proportion of the Vietnamese community in Taiwan has lost their jobs and struggled to keep up with the high cost of living.

Their plans to take care of the unborn babies and expectant mothers, therefore, are heavily undermined.

Their last resort of returning to Vietnam, once inhibited due to the pandemic’s spread, was opened up once again as Vietnamese authorities improvised repatriation flights for expatriates stranded in foreign countries and territories, including Taiwan.

The repatriation is organized on a humanitarian basis as directed by the government, prioritizing working-class families in unfavorable conditions, said Nguyen Van Hai, director of Quang Nam Province Department of Health.

Pregnant women carry their luggage out of a novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine facility in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam after completing their mandatory quarantine, June 12, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre
Pregnant women carry their luggage out of a novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine facility in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam after completing their mandatory quarantine, June 12, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre
Col. Nguyen Huu Nghia (right) from Quang Nam Province’s Military Command talks to pregnant women who have completed their mandatory novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine at a facility in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, June 12, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre
Col. Nguyen Huu Nghia (right) from Quang Nam Province’s Military Command talks to pregnant women who have completed their mandatory novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine at a facility in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, June 12, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre
Pregnant women wait for their turn to board a bus en route to the airport after completing their mandatory novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine at a facility in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, June 12, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre
Pregnant women wait for their turn to board a bus en route to the airport after completing their mandatory novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine at a facility in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, June 12, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre
Students returning from Taiwan take ‘we-fies’ before leaving a novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine zone in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, June 12, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre
Students returning from Taiwan take ‘we-fies’ before leaving a novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine zone in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, June 12, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre
Staff members at a novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine zone in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam help pregnant women carry their luggage onto a bus after completing their mandatory quarantine, June 12, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre
Staff members at a novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine zone in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam help pregnant women carry their luggage onto a bus after completing their mandatory quarantine, June 12, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre
A medical worker disinfects buses used to transport residents at a novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine zone in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam to the airport after they have completed their mandatory quarantine, June 12, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre
A medical worker disinfects buses used to transport residents at a novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine zone in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam to the airport after they have completed their mandatory quarantine, June 12, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre
Residents wave goodbye to staff members and officers at a novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine zone in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam from a bus before heading to the airport after completing their mandatory quarantine, June 12, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre
Residents wave goodbye to staff members and officers at a novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine zone in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam from a bus before heading to the airport after completing their mandatory quarantine, June 12, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre

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