All hospitals across the nation should set up a separate section giving medical services to suspected cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in order to prevent the spread of the virus inside the hospitals, according to a Health Ministry’s official.

The section will stay open for those who enter Vietnam from Middle East countries and the Republic of Korea within 14 days, said Luong Ngoc Khue, Head of the ministry’s Medical Examination and Treatment Management Department.

He added that patients showing MERS-CoV symptoms should be isolated immediately and their medical samples are sent to the National Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hanoi or Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City for testing.

Meanwhile, the department will collaborate with the Department for Preventive Medicine to organise five training courses on MERS-CoV detection, treatment and control in medical centres for doctors and nurses, Khue revealed.

The department has also launched a hotline 098-437-1919 and website to receive all reports on MERS-CoV in Vietnam, he said.

So far, no MERS-CoV case has been reported in Vietnam.

Meanwhile, according to the World Health Organisation, the virus has spread to 26 countries. As of June 16, four new cases were reported in the RoK, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 154 with 19 deaths.-VNA