Nearly 3,000 additional health workers were mobilized to assist the fight against COVID-19 in Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, and Long An Provinces on Saturday and Sunday, according to the Ministry of Health.
Some 1,800 officials, lecturers, and students of medical and pharmaceutical schools had volunteered to join forces with those in Ho Chi Minh City as of Sunday evening.
Of them, 750 students from Bach Mai Medical College arrived in the city on the same night to participate in on-site sampling for COVID-19 testing in the community from Monday morning.
A combination of 1,050 other volunteers come from Hanoi Medical University, the Hanoi University of Pharmacy, the Vietnam University of Traditional Medicine, the Thai Binh University of Medicine and Pharmacy, and the Hai Phong University of Medicine and Pharmacy.
Eight hospitals run by the Ministry of Health have also prepared about 450 to 500 experts, doctors, nurses, and medical technicians as reinforcements for the pandemic prevention and control mission in the southern region.
At the same time, some 750 health workers from different localities have been mobilized to Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, and Long An Provinces.
The added personnel will join the existing functional forces in the aforementioned coronavirus hotspots in collecting samples, conducting COVID-19 tests, and treatment activities, according to Nguyen Hong Son, head of the Ministry of Health’s Department of Organization and Personnel.
“We are continuing to mobilize more health workers to ensure manpower for these four localities to fight the pandemic,” Son said.
As of Saturday noon, the number of medical personnel arriving in Ho Chi Minh City and the pandemic-hit localities had reached 14,543.
In order to help Ho Chi Minh City conduct a super-fast COVID-19 testing campaign, the health ministry has also provided the city with ten testing vans along with personnel and equipment, capable of analyzing 3,000 testing samples per day.
As of Sunday evening, Vietnam had documented 348,059 COVID-19 cases, with 147,667 recoveries and 8,277 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
The country has detected 343,972 domestic transmissions in 62 out of 63 provinces and cities in the current fourth bout that began on April 27.
Ho Chi Minh City is taking the lead with 175,994 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 70,242, Long An Province with 17,805, and Dong Nai Province with 17,688.