Health Ministry sets up standing COVID-19-prevention unit in HCM City hinh anh 1Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son (first from right) and leaders of the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases. (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Health has decided to establish a standing division for COVID-19 prevention and control in Ho Chi Minh City, which is headed by its Deputy Minister Nguyen Truong Son.

According to the decision, Son is assisted by three deputy heads from local medical establishments, namely Director of Cho Ray Hospital Nguyen Tri Thuc; Director of Ho Chi Minh City Pasteur Institute Phan Trong Lan; and Director of HCM City Institute of Public Health Dang Van Chinh.

The division aims to support professional activities in monitoring and responding to the epidemic; patient treatment; testing; quarantine; and communications work in the city and relevant neighbouring localities.

It also inspects and assists the city's implementation of COVID-19 prevention and control measures in line with the directions of the Party Secretariat, the Government, the Prime Minister, and the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, as well as professional guidance of the Ministry of Health.

The ministry requested the municipal Department of Health to direct relevant agencies and district-level authorities to closely coordinate with the unit and follow its professional recommendations./.