He made the statement at yesterday’s meeting convened by the Ho Chi Minh City Steering Committee for the Prevention and Control of Covid-19 and Economic Recovery with Localities on the Prevention and Control of the Outbreak in the city.
As the Tet holidays (the Lunar New Year) approached, he assured townspeople would be safe and filled with joy during the country’s biggest holiday.
At the same time, the city is focused on caring for civil servants, welfare recipients, poor households, near-poor households to ensure safety, social order and security before, during and after. Lunar New Year 2022.
Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Secretary Nguyen Van Nen pointed to two positive signs in the first week of 2022, including a decrease in the number of infections, severe cases and deaths in the city.
In addition, the socio-economic recovery index is steadily increasing in all sectors. The localities are ready to implement the targets as planned.
Currently, the Covid-19 epidemic is complicated, the Omicron variant has appeared in 141 countries and territories. The Omicron Covid variant has been found to multiply around 70 times faster than the original and Delta versions of the coronavirus. The southern metropolis also recorded 11 new cases of the variant.
Faced with this situation, Mr. Nen ordered, first of all, to pay attention to immunization coverage, focusing on completing immunization for all high-risk people. He praised those who offered to protect people in at-risk groups.
Party leader Nen stressed the importance of insuring the personnel of mobile medical stations, especially in the context of the military preparing to withdraw its forces from 200 mobile medical stations in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Lunar New Year 2022 is approaching and Ho Chi Minh City is preparing to welcome international tourists and Vietnamese abroad who return to celebrate the New Year.
According to Party Secretary Nguyen Van Nen, it is necessary to prepare a visitor reception plan; therefore, the health sector should consider reasonable isolation.
Speaking at the briefing, President Mai also said that once the epidemic situation is under control, the city has experienced a positive socio-economic recovery.
Regarding the key tasks in the coming times, President Mai ordered to continue to review and strengthen the health strategy with six components, including the completion of supplementary and booster vaccination for the elderly of 18 years and over in January 2022.
In response to the new variant of Omicron, the healthcare sector must coordinate with the responsible agencies to closely monitor border posts. In addition, the sector should guide administrations in localities, communes and neighborhoods to closely monitor and supervise people entering the country.
In addition, the sector must also take into account the oxygen demand, ensuring a stable source of oxygen for situations.
The city will continue the second phase of the campaign to protect people at risk, localities must organize a third screening test for people over 65 at risk.
Along with this, from February 2022, the city will update the risk group that includes people over 50, people with underlying diseases, pregnant women, and people over 18 who are not. ‘have not been vaccinated.
President Mai asked localities to strengthen local medical facilities as well as to take into account private medical facilities and pharmacies to take care of a person with Covid-19 at home, participate in disease prevention. Local health clinics must continue to care for people with Covid-19 with mild symptoms at home, helping to reduce overload in large hospitals.
Mr. Phan Van Mai instructed the vice president of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Duong Anh Duc to formulate a policy for improving basic medical capacities to be submitted to the Municipal People’s Council.
Regarding the propaganda work, Mr. Mai noted that the administrators of Thu Duc city, districts and neighborhoods should not neglect the fight against the epidemic although it has calmed down as the city resumed its economic activities.
Previously, the director of the health department of HCMC, Tang Chi Thuong, had informed that the epidemic situation of Covid-19 in the city was drastically decreasing, with all districts experiencing a decrease in the number of new cases compared to the previous week.
As of January 6, HCMC is treating more than 42,000 patients infected with Covid-19, including 316 ventilators. The number of deaths continued to decline; for example, 21 people died from Covid-19 on January 6.
Regarding the campaign to protect people in the at-risk group, Associate Professor Dr Tang Chi Thuong said that health workers spent a month visiting every house in every lane to compile a list of 637,806 people in the risk group. Out of 637,806 people, more than 25,000 people have not been vaccinated.
The city has also vaccinated nearly 13,900 people, nearly 55% of those who have not been vaccinated.
Through screening and testing of people belonging to risk groups, it was discovered that 5,402 people were infected with Covid-19 without knowing it.
Regarding the monitoring of people arriving in Vietnam, according to the regulations, they must undergo a test at the airport from January 1. More than 1,000 people undergo rapid test cases with negative results, 13 positive cases, including 11 cases of the Omicron variant.
The health ministry has proposed allowing private health workers to participate in paid rapid tests at the airport. The Ministry of Health is responsible for handling positive cases in accordance with regulations.