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HCM City (VNA)
- HCM City hospitals are ensuring that emergency aid, medicine and medical personnel are available for the Tet holiday as the number of traffic accidents, food poisoning incidents and drunk driving incidents is expected to increase.

 

Dr Tang Chi Thuong, deputy head of the city’s department of health, said that 22 satellite emergency aid stations were set up throughout the city last year. They are located at 14 district-level hospitals, two city-level hospitals, five private hospitals and the city’s 115 emergency aid centre.

The department plans to ensure that each district has at least one emergency aid station.

During Tet, it will take these stations and their staff and ambulances no more than three or five minutes to reach accident victims after receiving emergency calls.
Since mid-December last year, Cho Ray Hospital has been ordering medicine and other medical materials to meet demand during Tet.

As of January 20, the hospital had enough medicine to last until the end of February.

Moreover, medicine for specialised wards will also be available at the hospital for the next two or three months.

The city’s Trauma Orthopaedics Hospital has also increased the number of doctors at its emergency aid wards. The wards often have to treat many intoxicated men involved in fights during the holiday.  

The head of Thu Duc District Hospital, Dr Nguyen Minh Quan, said that all doctors in their emergency-aid wards would be working during the holiday, when the number of patients often increases 15-20 percent.

The Department of Health has instructed health preventive centres and other health facilities to continue to take measures to prevent the spread of the Zika virus, dengue fever and hand-foot-mouth disease.-VNA