Vietnam’s Ministry of Health (MoH) plans to launch mobile health stations in Ho Chi Minh City and the southern provinces of Long An, Dong Nai, and Binh Duong as a way to fight against the pandemic amid worse outbreaks.
|Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long chaired the online meeting with cities and provinces on August 19 to discuss the mobile health stations |
On August 19, Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long chaired an online meeting with cities and provinces to discuss measures to increase the efficiency of the COVID-19 battle, with one of the focuses being the establishment of mobile health stations in Ho Chi Minh City, Long An, Dong Nai, and Binh Duong.
According to the minister, in the context of social distancing, and lockdown, community-based healthcare and treatment of COVID-19 infections is very important to ensure people’s continuous access to healthcare.
As directed by the government, the MoH has worked with Ho Chi Minh City and some localities in establishing mobile health stations in communes and wards. In the past, each commune and ward had one healthcare station. But now the numbers are much higher, especially in crowded areas and those with a high number of infections like in Ho Chi Minh City.
“Mobile health stations will be initially established in Ho Chi Minh City to serve the management and treatment of infections in community,” Long said. “Other cities and provinces should make preparations to launch the model when necessary.”
The minister proposed Ho Chi Minh City to ensure health professionals available for mobile health stations.
As planned, the MoH will issue guidelines on management and treatment of infections at home and on operation of mobile health stations.