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The infants born in the final Covid-19 treatment section

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K1, Hung Vuong Hospital in HCM City, is a special sector where pregnant women who have severe and critical Covid-19 infections are treated. 

The infants born in the final Covid-19 treatment section

On a September day, doctor Hoang Le Minh Hien brought a box containing cards with pictures of newborns to give to Covid-19 infected mothers.

Staying on life support, Tran Thi Thu Trang sat up, oxygen mask in one hand, card in the other, and stared lovingly at the picture of her son peacefully sleeping. The baby was born on August 25 and since then the mother had not been able to hold her baby in her arms. On the left corner of the card were some encouraging words from hospital director Dr. Hoang Thi Diem Tuyet: “You were very brave and strong bearing a child in this tough times. We wish you the strength to continue being brave and heal, to fight for your health and your child, so that you two can see each other again.” 

After receiving the card, the mother’s eyes lit up, like she was not feeling the pain anymore. In the following days, her condition started to improve drastically. The doctors then decided to transfer her out of Sector K1 to Field Hospital No. 16 to continue monitoring her health. 

On the next bed, mother Phan Thi Diem Thuy was able to breathe without having to rely on a ventilator. She hadn’t got the chance to see her son after his birth on August 24. She shed tears after receiving the card from Dr. Hien. “After giving birth we have had to stay apart. Today I finally get to see him. Thank you so much!’ she told Dr. Hien.

The infants born in the final Covid-19 treatment section

According to Dr. Hien, when a mother is diagnosed with Covid-19 after giving birth, they will have to be moved to Sector K1 and are not allowed to see their friends or family. Realizing how hard it could get for their patients, the hospital decided to take pictures of their newborns and make cards as gifts to help them cope with loneliness and battle sickness.

“There were cases where the mother healed with an astonishing pace and we were very surprised. We wonder if it could have been love that helped them make it through such hardship,” Dr. Hien told VietNamNet.

In early September, Nguyen Thi Tuong Vy (born 1985) tested positive with Covid-19 while pregnant with her first child and was immediately transferred to Sector K1. In the following day her condition worsened and quickly became critical. On September 5, the doctors had to perform a C-section surgery to save the mother.

“When we received her, she was in too much pain and gave the wrong family phone number. That made contacting her family that much more challenging,” doctor Hien said.

The doctors then had to browse through her pregnancy records to find her address. Before the surgery, they had to ask for support from the police to find her husband’s contact number to inform him about the situation.

The infants born in the final Covid-19 treatment section

The baby was born premature and had to be placed in special care nursery. After the surgery, the mother’s blood oxygen level dropped. She even had blood coagulation and her heart stopped twice. “Her condition was so bad that no hospital could afford to take her in. Luckily there was Cho Ray Hospital that had a vacant bed,” said Dr. Hien.

While finishing the paperwork to transfer her to the new hospital, the doctors quickly made a card with a picture of her son and left it at the side of her bed.

Dr. Hien started working at Hung Vuong Hospital in 2004. In her 17 years of service, she has been witness to new life and the smiles that come after. Over the last two months, seeing the death of many mothers as a result of Covid-19, has caused her and her colleague’s insufferable pain. However, everyone had to hold their feelings in order to continue working.

By September 8, 150 pictures of newborn babies had been taken. Most of them were sent to the mothers. However, some mothers never had the chance to look at their children.

“Although the pictures never got to the hands of those unfortunate mothers, we still keep them as memories of the days the children were born,” doctor Hien said. The hospital has seen three orphaned babies whose mothers died after they were born.

Dr. Hien showed us a baby lying in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).” He was born prematurely, weighed 900g, his mother died right after giving birth. For the past few days, his life has been relying entirely on this NICU,” she said. The mother was infected at her home. She was already in critical condition when the hospital took her in. The doctors immediately performed C-section surgery to try to save both of them. Unfortunately, the mother passed right after the surgery.

The infants born in the final Covid-19 treatment section

The father was home alone when the hospital called. He couldn’t say a word. Now he can’t take his wife’s ashes, his son’s life still relying on machines. He calls the hospital every day begging to take his son home. “Now that the baby’s health is not in stable condition, we have to keep him here for close monitoring. All I can do now is wish him good luck so he can reunite with his father,” said Dr. Hien.

Another mother was also infected at her home. When she came to the hospital, her health was in good condition. However, after birth, she had trouble breathing, her blood oxygen level drastically dropped. After emergency surgery, she started to regain consciousness. In the morning, the doctors gave her a card. Seeing her child, she was very happy, her eyes teeming with happiness. That evening, her condition worsened quickly and she passed. The picture of her baby was still at the side of her bed.

As of September 9, Sector K1 of Hung Vuong Hospital had received 1,241 female Covid-19 patients, 500 of which were pregnant. Currently the hospital is treating 180 female patients, five of which are on life support. There are 252 patients who have recovered, 752 are recovering and have been transferred to lower-level Covid-19 treatment sectors. There are 57 serious cases and 10 have died, five of whom were pregnant women.

Tu Anh – Thanh Phuong

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/feature/the-infants-born-in-the-final-covid-19-treatment-section-776495.html

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Residents booked for violating pandemic prevention rules on Ho Chi Minh City’s downtown pedestrian street

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Many people have been booked for violating pandemic prevention and control measures as they hang out with their friends along Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in Ho Chi Minh City.

Residents flocked to the Nguyen Hue promenade in downtown District 1 on Thursday evening to have a walk, get some fresh air, and chat with friends, according to the observation of Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper reporters.

Many of them parked their motorbikes on the sidewalk to have a chat and grab a bite, but did not follow pandemic response measures including wearing face masks in public and keeping a safe distance.

At around 7:30 pm, a group of district-level police officers patrolled the street and booked dozens of people for wrong parking and violating pandemic prevention and control regulations.

Several violators did not cooperate at first but eventually had to accept administrative fines after the officers provided the evidence of their offenses.

In one of the cases, L.V.D., 25, was booked for failure to wear a face mask in public places and illegal parking.

As D. denied his wrongdoings, an officer showed the video footage of him pulling the face mask down to his chin while talking to his friend.

The offender had no other choice but to sign the violation record, facing fines worth VND1-3 million (US$44-132) for failure to wear face masks in public and VND200,000-300,000 ($8-13) for illegal parking.

Residents are booked for parking their motorbikes on the roadway along Nguyen Hue Walking Street in Ho Chi Minh City, October 21, 2021. Photo: D.T. / Tien Phong

Residents are booked for parking their motorbikes on the roadway along Nguyen Hue Walking Street in Ho Chi Minh City, October 21, 2021. Photo: D.T. / Tien Phong

According to Major Dinh Tien Dung, deputy head of District 1’s traffic and order police unit, many people did not put on face masks or wore them improperly.

They only put on one when they saw police officers approaching, Dung continued.

“We decided to use cameras to film their violations from afar so that they won’t be able to deny their wrongdoings,” he said.

A young man pulls down his face mask while walking on Nguyen Hue Street in Ho Chi Minh City, October 21, 2021 in this supplied photo.

A young man pulls down his face mask while walking on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in Ho Chi Minh City, October 21, 2021 in this supplied photo.

Major Dung added that his unit had booked more than 200 of such violations on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street since the beginning of the week.

Ho Chi Minh City has been the hardest-hit locality since the fourth outbreak began on April 27, with over 422,200 local infections.

The city had imposed social distancing measures at various levels since May 31 before loosening multiple restrictions on October 1, because most of its adult population had been vaccinated with at least one dose.

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Ministry asks localities to increase inter-provincial passenger transport

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Coaches at Gia Lâm station in Hà Nội’s Long Biên District. —VNA/ Photo 

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Transport has issued a document asking People’s Committees of cities and provinces to coordinate on the implementation of temporary guidelines on transport activities.

The measures are to ensure safe and flexible adaptation to and effective control of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government has issued Resolution No.128/NQ-CP on temporary regulations on safe and flexible adaptation to and effective control of COVID-19. To implement the resolution, the Health Ministry has promulgated temporary medical guidance and the Transport Ministry has also released temporary guidelines on transport activities in the five areas of land, inland waterway, maritime, railway and aviation. 

Therefore, to ensure smooth and concerted transport activities, People’s Committees of cities and provinces were asked to direct local agencies and units to follow the ministry’s guidelines, and instruct departments of transport to increase passenger volume on fixed intra-provincial and inter-provincial routes licensed by the provincial authorities.

The ministry also suggested localities resume other routes depending on the local level of pandemic risk, while striving to maintain from 10 per cent to a maximum 50 per cent of licensed trips per month in line with requirements in the temporary guidelines.

In a report reviewing passenger transport activities on fixed routes during one week of resumption from October 13-18, the ministry said authorities of 48 provinces and cities had allowed the resumption of inter-provincial routes, while in 15 other localities, the transport departments had submitted plans to resume routes to the municipal/provincial authorities. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1063729/ministry-asks-localities-to-increase-inter-provincial-passenger-transport.html

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Ho Chi Minh City doctors excise over 100 tumors from woman’s abdomen

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Doctors at the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital on Thursday removed more than 100 tumors weighing about five kilograms from the abdomen of a 50-year-old woman from the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang. 

Dr. Nguyen Van Tien, head of the surgery department at the hospital, said that the patient suffered a swollen, painful abdomen upon her admission.

She had noticed unusual signs about two years ago, but deferred seeking medical care for her abdominal pain over complicated COVID-19 developments in Ho Chi Minh City. 

It was not until the coronavirus pandemic was basically put under control in the southern city that the patient visited the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital.

After a consultation meeting, doctors diagnosed the patient with uterine sarcoma, a disease in which malignant cells form in the muscles of the uterus or other tissues that support the uterus, so they decided to perform a surgery on the woman to remove the tumors.

Surgeons took out a total of more than 100 tumors attached to the patient’s uterus, intestinal loops, junctions, grooves of the small intestine, colon, and renal fossa.

The tumors, which weighed about five kilograms in total, compressed and pushed the positions of many internal organs.

Dr. Tien recommended that people have their health checked periodically, especially when there are abnormal signs in their bodies, so that doctors can detect risks early and provide timely treatment or intervention.

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