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Health official suspended after teen provided with COVID-19 vaccination in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

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The director of a district-level medical center in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta has been suspended for allowing a 13-year-old child to receive COVID-19 vaccination.

The People’s Committee in Can Tho City has decided to suspend Nguyen Kim Hai, director of the Thot Not District Medical Center, for 15 days over the administering of a COVID-19 vaccine shot to an under-18-year-old person without consulting the local steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control.

During the suspension, competent authorities will review the extent of the violation and determine a suitable disciplinary action for the health official.

On Monday, a Facebook user posted a status saying that a health worker and her family members, including a 13-year-old niece, had been fully inoculated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Thot Not District.

The post stirred up public concern as authorities in Can Tho and Vietnam in general have yet to issue any guideline on COVID-19 vaccination for people under 18 years old.

Hai verified the information later the same day, adding that several other children who are family members of local health personnel in the district also received the jabs.

As family members of health workers are also at high risk of getting infected, the district-level health authorities decided to administer the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to these special cases, he explained.

“Although Can Tho City’s Department of Health has not announced any guideline on COVID-19 vaccination for people under 18 years old, the manufacturer’s instructions show that the vaccine can be given to people over 12 years old,” he continued.

“All family members already gave their consent on the inoculation of these children.”

An official from the Can Tho health department said that each district is authorized to make the list of individuals eligible for the vaccination.

However, they must belong to the target groups that are approved by the Ministry of Health.

Aside from Hai, D.K.Q. – a health worker in Tan Loc Ward, Thot Not District – was suspended for her involvement as well.

She was the one who used her connections with local health authorities to administer the vaccine shots to her 13-year-old niece.

Vietnam aims to immunize at least two-thirds of a population of nearly 98 million people against COVID-19 by the first quarter of next year.

Around 29.2 million vaccine doses have been administered since inoculation was rolled out on March 8, while more than 5.3 million people have been fully vaccinated.

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Storm Dianmu weakens into tropical depression after hitting central Vietnam

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Storm Dianmu weakens into tropical depression after hitting central Vietnam

Storm Dianmu has damaged a house in Binh Dong Commune, Binh Son District, Quang Ngai Province, September 23, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Pham Linh


Two hours after making landfall on Thua Thien Hue and Quang Ngai provinces early Friday, Dianmu has weakened into a depression.

The storm entered the central strip of Vietnam around 4 a.m. Friday.

According to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, the depression that used to be the storm now lies at the Vietnam-Laos border area, with its strongest wind speed at 40 kph.

No human casualties have been reported so far.

Within Friday, it will move in the west-northwest direction at a speed of 15-20 kph.

Under the storm’s influence, provinces along the central strip from Quang Tri to Binh Dinh had received rainfall of 100-200 millimeters and up to 350 millimeters in several places from 7 a.m. on Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday.

Central Highlands provinces of Kon Tum and Gia Lai received rainfall of 80-150 mm and more than 150 mm at some places.

Provinces of Ha Tinh to Thua Thien Hue should expect rainfall of 80-150 mm or higher within Friday.

Dinanmu is the sixth storm that has entered the East Sea so far this year.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/storm-dianmu-weakens-into-tropical-depression-after-hitting-central-vietnam-4361287.html

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Over 67% of Covid-19 patients at HCM City Covid-19 Resuscitation Hospital need psychological support

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According to a survey by the Covid-19 Resuscitation Hospital in HCM City, up to 67% of patients said they wanted to have psychological counseling.

Hơn 67% F0 ở Bệnh viện Hồi sức Covid-19 muốn được hỗ trợ tâm lý
Psychologist Tri Thi Minh Thuy talks with a severe Covid-19 patient who has recovered from the disease and is about to be discharged from the hospital. Photo: Cho Ray Hospital.

According to the survey, 20% of the patients suffered depression, 53.3% with anxiety disorder, and 16.7% with stress.

In particular, up to 66.7% patients who needed High Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC) suffered from depression. Similarly, 66.7% patients who had to breathe oxygen through a mask or mechanical ventilator suffered from anxiety disorder.

As many as 67% of patients wanted psychological counseling during treatment and after being discharged from the hospital.

The hospital has invited psychologist Tri Thi Minh Thuy from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City, to survey and provide psychological treatment support for patients at the hospital.

“When they go to the hospital for Covid-19 treatment, patients have to be away from their families and fight the virus alone to survive so it’s easy to cause sadness and loss of appetite,” said Dr. Thuy.

“Seeing me, many patients remained still. I said if you agree to talk to me, please give me a sign. They understood what I was saying but did not do anything. I had to help them eat and drink, talk to them, give them a massage, then they began to open their hearts,” she said.

After getting into contact with many severely ill Covid-19 patients, Dr. Thuy concluded that they suffered from anxiety, panic attacks, or depression. This is why they need a psychologist.

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/over-67-of-covid-19-patients-at-hcm-city-covid-19-resuscitation-hospital-need-psychological-support-776618.html

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Côn Đảo to return to ‘new normal’ under province’s proposal

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Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu Province is drafting plans for reopening after September 22. — Photo courtesy of nld.com.vn

HCM CITY — Several wards and communes in Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu Province are expected to continue to be under the Government’s Directive 16, while Côn Đảo District would return to a “new normal” state.

The provincial Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on Tuesday held a meeting on epidemic prevention and control plans after September 22 to discuss ending the province’s 5th social distancing period.

Directive 16 would continue to be applied in wards Nguyễn An Ninh, Thắng Nhất, Thắng Nhì, 1, 10 and 11, located in various districts.

Some communes and towns in Long Điền District, namely Phước Hưng, An Ngãi and Long Hải, will also be under Directive 16.

Bà Rịa City, Phú Mỹ Town, Châu Đức District, Đất Đỏ District and Xuyên Mộc District, together with the remaining communes and towns of Long Điền District, will be under the more relaxed Directive 15.

Production and business activities in Côn Đảo District will resume in a new normal state. However, traffic from the mainland to the island must be carefully monitored.

Districts such as Châu Đức, Đất Đỏ, Xuyên Mộc and Bà Rịa City aim to slowly recover and carefully open some types of economic activities in four stages.

During the first stage, between September 23 and 30, those areas will loosen travel control in the “green zone” and reopen supermarkets, retail store chains, small businesses selling essential items, traditional markets and take-away food services, and resume agricultural, forestry and fishery production activities.

The second stage, from October 1 to 31, involves tourism at hotels with closed services.

If the epidemic continues to be controlled well and Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu returns to the new normal, the third stage, from November 11 to December 31, will be implemented.

The locality will allow tourist and resort establishments to welcome guests who are fully vaccinated. Real estate agencies, and security and insurance activities will be permitted to open, and intra-provincial public transport will operate at 50 per cent capacity. Education, training services and sports activities would be limited to no more than 20 people.

All economic activities in the last stage will reopen in 2022.

Vice chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Trần Văn Tuấn is seeking feedback from authorities and will announce the final plan soon.

As of September 21, after more than two months of social distancing, Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu had recorded 3,943 COVID-19 cases. — 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1036762/con-dao-to-return-to-new-normal-under-provinces-proposal.html

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