All consulting rooms in Ho Chi Minh City must ask their clients to complete e-health declaration upon their arrival as a step for patient screening and early detection of coronavirus infections, local health authorities have requested.
In its urgent dispatch issued on Friday, the municipal Health Department required e-heath declaration to be applied at all specialized and general clinics, not only for patients and their accompanying people but also for clinic staff.
Such health declaration is necessary since there have existed cases in which many COVID-19 patients came to private clinics for examination and treatment but their coronavirus infections were not detected, health authorities explained.
Upon arrival at any consulting rooms, people are required to complete their e-medical declaration on their smartphones by scanning the clinic’s QR code. Otherwise, a clinic staff will help them with such declaration, the department required.
Every clinic must check the results of their clients’ e-health declarations to treat them properly.
For patients assigned with a green health code, the clinic may examine them under its normal procedures.
For those with a yellow, orange or red code, the consulting room must take them to a separate room or keep them away from others as required, and must collect their epidemiological information.
If a patient is in a severe condition or needs emergency aid, the clinic should immediately call 115, Vietnam's emergency medical response service, to transport the patient to a district-level hospital for quarantine and taking samples for coronavirus testing.
In case of mild patients, the facility will contact a health center for the same process.
The department required all general and specialized clinics to raise vigilance against COVID-19 to the highest level to ensure early detection of coronavirus infections.
In recent times, many hospitals have identified many COVID-19 cases among their outpatients upon their arrival thanks to the application of e-health declaration and screening steps, the department said.