Soldiers will be sent to support Binh Duong with COVID-19 prevention hinh anh 1The soldiers prepare food to deliver to residents in Binh Duong province. (Photo
Binh Duong (VNA) - The Ministry of National Defence will send 2,000 soldiers to help with COVID-19 prevention and control efforts in southern Binh Duong province.

Lieutenant General Ngo Minh Tien, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army, said at a meeting with Binh Duong’s leaders that the ministry will send 50 mobile health centres to 11 ‘red zones’ and 15 ambulances to Binh Duong to help the province’s pandemic prevention and control work.

Binh Duong is the province with the second-highest COVID-19 cases in the fourth wave of the pandemic in Vietnam, exceeding 86,000 infections. The number of COVID patients is forecast to increase in the next two weeks as the province will perform the third round of large-scale testing.

The province has proposed the Government provide support by sending around 50 intensive care doctors, 50 specialised doctors, 100 experienced intensive care nurses, 100 nurses and technicians, 10 invasive ventilators and 20 non-invasive ventilators, four mobile X-ray machines and 100 hand-held SPO2 meters for measuring oxygen saturation.

Binh Duong province has also assigned the Department of Industry and Trade to coordinate with localities to provide food and essentials for more than 719,000 residents in ‘red zones’.

Each bag of essentials is worth 50,000 VND (2.2 USD) per person a day. This is to ensure food and necessities for people and workers who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The province’s Fatherland Front Committee has received support with an amount of 510 billion VND (22.4 million USD), of which over 218 billion VND (9.5 million USD) in cash and nearly 300 billion VND (13.1 million USD) in medical facilities, food and necessities.

Up to now, the province has supported nearly 1.4 million people related to the support policies of the Government and the province, the total amount is nearly 760 billion VND (33.3 million USD)

According to Binh Duong province’s Steering Committee for Pandemic Prevention and Control, the coordination between the Military and Public Security forces has been implemented to ensure and maintain security and social order in key check points in the province, especially 11 ‘red zones’ for 15 days./.