The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health has announced a plan to prepare the treatment system in order to respond to scenarios where the city has between 2,000 and 6,000 dengue fever patients at the same time.
The health department on Thursday unveiled three scenarios where the city’s dengue fever cases hit 2,000-6,000 at one time as well as corresponding schemes to ensure sufficient treatment capacity.
In the first scenario, Ho Chi Minh City provides treatment for 2,000 dengue patients at a time, including less than 200 cases with serious symptoms.
About 2,400 beds and 260 ICU beds will be available to provide treatment at 14 hospitals across the metropolis, including Cho Ray Hospital, Thong Nhat Hospital, University Medical Center, and Military Hospital 175, among others.
Approximately 460 doctors, of whom 160 specialize in resuscitation, and 920 nurses will be needed to take care of the patients.
The second scenario assumes that the city has between 2,000 and 4,000 dengue fever patients at the same time, including 200-400 cases with serious symptoms.
A total of 4,000 standard beds and 410 ICU beds will be ready at 14 hospitals in the city.
Health authorities will mobilize 870 doctors and 1,740 nurses for the treatment of dengue fever patients.
In the third scenario, the city documents up to 6,000 patients at a time, of whom 400-600 have severe symptoms.
The metropolis will need 6,000 standard beds, 605 ICU beds, 1,280 doctors, and 2,560 nurses.
Reports from major hospitals show that a patient with severe dengue fever needs about six liters of infusion fluid and two units of blood and blood products.
The health department asked hospitals to prepare sufficient amounts of transfusion fluid, blood, and blood products to ensure the best treatment for patients.
Dengue fever is an infectious disease that is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infected with a dengue virus, according to the World Health Organization.
Symptoms include fever, headaches, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash that is similar to measles.
Ho Chi Minh City has recorded more than 26,000 dengue fever cases since the beginning of 2022, a nearly 230 percent increase year on year, according to VnExpress newspaper.
Hospitals across the city are currently providing treatment for over 2,000 dengue fever patients.