On the night of Jan. 27, Quang Ninh recorded one of Vietnam’s first Covid-19 community transmissions in nearly two months: a man who works at Van Don International Airport. The man, eventually designated “Patient 1553”, was taken to Hanoi’s National Hospital for Tropical Diseases for treatment. Those who had been in contact with the patient were quarantined at the No. 2 field hospital in Ha Long, with dozens of cases subsequently confirmed infected. Every morning, doctors and nurses at the field hospital convened with peers across the country through a telehealth system to help diagnose and treat Covid-19 patients. The hospital has 250 beds, along with state-of-the-art equipment for receiving, diagnosing and treating Covid-19 patients and suspected cases. Over 100 medical workers and other employees are working at the hospital. Doctors treat Covid-19 patients twice a day while wearing protective suits. Nurse Nguyen Khac Sang, 34, has become a barber during his time at the hospital. “We treat Covid-19 patients in three shifts between four teams. When the shifts are over, we have time to take care of ourselves. Some call their families, while others clean up areas across the hospital,” he said. Ever since Sang joined the frontline fight… Read full this story
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