The city of Ho Chi Minh City is consulting with relevant experts and ministries to prepare for a tighter situation of Directive 16 to reduce the spread of Covid-19, according to party secretary Nguyen Van Nen.
The information was said by City Party Committee Secretary Nguyen Van Nen at a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, head of the national steering committee against Covid-19 on the afternoon of July 20th. The meeting took place in the context of the city of Ho Chi Minh which experienced the 12th day of isolation under Directive 16 and recorded more than 37,700 infections in the fourth wave of the epidemic.
“It’s about achieving the goal of preventing and reducing the spread of Covid-19 in the community today. Because that goal hasn’t been achieved in the past,” Mr. Should and thanked the leaders. The central government and ministries shared the difficulties, led and closely supported the city in preventing epidemics.
“Hopefully, the colleagues will study and discuss in time with the city of Ho Chi Minh to agree on a more effective plan and solution, adhere to the measures of implementation of Directive 16, providing the established results,” he said. Mr.
At the meeting, according to the opinion of the secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Festival Committee, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said the city needs to calculate a plan to implement stronger measures for a number of ‘too specific areas.
“We all know that strict isolation is the best measure right now to limit the spread,” he said, and hopes the city will take the necessary steps soon, effective enough to make some areas that are valued difficult to control.
In addition, the head of the National Committee Anticovid-19 suggested that the city should take an additional step, which is to conduct tests according to the instructions of the Ministry of Health, even with a higher frequency in high areas. risk. or at risk, and not just a very high risk area.
The Deputy Prime Minister stated that the Ministry of Health has agreed to give top priority to treatment teams in Ho Chi Minh City. In addition, the Ministry of Health is urgently applying a procurement mechanism at this time, in the spirit of creating the maximum conditions for protective equipment and supplies for the anti-epidemic force, especially in areas where to fight the epidemic.
“We have asked the Ministry of Health to ensure that all hospitals in the city, the severe treatment area … do not lack the necessary protective equipment and supplies to keep the medical team safe,” he said. to say. Dam said and suggested maintaining anti-epidemic strength.
On the issue of vaccines, the Deputy Prime Minister reported that since August 2020, the Government has held many negotiations with manufacturers. If the contract is correct, by the end of this year, Vietnam will have enough vaccine for 70% of people, basically getting herd immunity. However, from now until August 2021, there are not too many vaccines available.
“In view of the epidemic situation and the role of the city of Ho Chi Minh City, the Prime Minister has ordered the Ministry of Health to give the city the highest priority,” the deputy prime minister said, adding that if the vaccine returns to appear, the Government will also give priority to the largest virus in the city.
Earlier, Vice Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son said the Ministry of Health and other ministries and delegations always monitor and evaluate the organization of epidemic prevention and control in the city. The healthcare sector highly values the city’s efforts in implementing Directive 16 and measures such as epidemiological surveillance, zoning and blocking to control the epidemic.
“The epidemic is complicated and unpredictable. The maximum peak of the epidemic in the city 3 days ago reached about 5,000 cases, but in the last 3 days it has been reduced to more than 3,000. There are no positive signs, but in the next 10 days the city must implement drastic measures, “Son said, and he hoped the epidemic would subside in the next 7-10 days when 19 southern provinces and cities apply the maximum distance under Directive 16.