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Over 1,500 recovered COVID-19 patients volunteer for Ho Chi Minh City’s pandemic prevention forces

Over 1,500 recovered COVID-19 patients volunteer for Ho Chi Minh City’s pandemic prevention forces

Friday, September 10, 2021, 15:38 GMT+7
Over 1,500 recovered COVID-19 patients volunteer for Ho Chi Minh City’s pandemic prevention forces
Medical workers pose for a photo at a COVID-19 field hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Thu Hien / Tuoi Tre

More than 1,500 recovered coronavirus patients have responded to the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health’s call for volunteering at medical facilities to support the fight against COVID-19.

The health department on Thursday reported to the municipal People’s Committee and the Department of Home Affairs about the reception and assignment of tasks for the volunteers.

The report said that 273 recovered COVID-19 patients had registered through the health department to become volunteers, with 108 of them ready for their assigned tasks as of Wednesday.

Sixty-two of them completed vocational school or college, 38 finished high school, and eight others reached middle school completion.

Some 46 volunteers are female and 62 are male. None of them specialize in medical care.

Besides, 1,270 recovered coronavirus patients sent applications to the Ho Chi Minh City Entrepreneurs Association to join the pandemic prevention forces, with 378 of them having been mobilized to 14 units in need.

The municipal health department said it currently needs 1,728 volunteers, including 140 doctors, 474 nurses, 95 medical aides, and 454 caretakers for COVID-19 patients.

The department and the Ho Chi Minh City Entrepreneurs Association have continued calling on recovered COVID-19 patients to participate in pandemic control efforts.

Registration is available at the two links: https://danvankheo-ketnoithongtin.vn/dang-ky-tham-gia-chuong-trinh-f0-khoi-benh-ho-tro-benh-nhan-f0/ and https://bom.to/bAD4vS.

Volunteers’ main tasks include supporting health workers in treating COVID-19 patients at medical facilities and at home and transporting care packages, medicine, and oxygen tanks to home-quarantined patients.

Authorities will use the city’s budget to pay volunteers, who will be trained to acquire necessary skills and equipped with personal protective equipment.

Anyone who recently recovered from the disease and completed the 14-day home isolation period as prescribed by the Ministry of Health, is still of working age, is not pregnant or is not taking postpartum leave can sign up for the volunteering program.

People who have antibodies against the coronavirus, recovered from the disease more than six months ago, or have been fully vaccinated are also eligible.

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