Military medics deliver quick Covid test kits to HCMC district

By Quynh Tran   August 24, 2021 | 07:36 pm GMT+7
A mobile medic squad in HCMC braved the elements to deliver quick Covid-19 test kits to around 1,500 residents in Binh Thanh District.
At a mobile medical station in Ward 11 of Binh Thanh District, Doan Ngoc Hung, a doctor from the Vietnam Military Medical University, wears a protective suit on his first day at work in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday.Each mobile medical station has around 4-6 members in charge of management, treating Covid-19 cases at home and vaccinating, among other tasks.

At a mobile medical station in Ward 11 of Binh Thanh District, Doan Ngoc Hung, a doctor from Vietnam Military Medical University in Hanoi, puts on a protective suit on his first day at work in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday.
Each station has around 4-6 members in charge of management, treating Covid-19 cases at home and vaccinating residents, among other tasks.

One of the mobile medical stations in Ward 11 is placed at a traditional medicine facility. The station has six employees who took care of over 28,000 residents in the area.During their first day work, Hungs squad would collect samples for Covid-19 testing and handing quick Covid-19 test kits for families. They use motorbikes to get into small alleys and access different neighborhoods.

One station in Ward 11 is located at a traditional medicinal facility. It has six employees who take care of over 28,000 residents in the area.
During their first day's work, Hung's squad collected samples for Covid-19 testing and handed out quick Covid-19 test kits for families. They use motorbikes to get into small alleys and access different neighborhoods.

Health workers split among themselves box of Covid-19 tests and distribute them to families in a neighborhood on No Trang Long Street.The municipal Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control has recently allowed people to perform quick Covid-19 tests on their own as a trial, and instructed authorities to collect samples from high-risk areas for the next two weeks.

Health workers split among themselves boxes of Covid-19 tests and distribute them to families in a neighborhood on No Trang Long Street.
The municipal Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control has recently allowed people to perform quick Covid-19 tests on their own as a trial, and instructed authorities to collect samples from high-risk areas over the next two weeks.

At 3 p.m., health workers knock on doors to perform testing.

At 3 p.m., health workers knock on doors to perform testing.

Workers instruct Truong Anh Tai (in white) on how to use a quick Covid-19 test kit. They then perform quick tests on members of the household on the spot, and would come back half an hour later to see the results.

Workers instruct a resident (in white) on how to use a quick Covid-19 test kit. They then perform quick tests on members of the household on the spot, returning half an hour later to collect results.

For families with the elderly, health workers would collect samples on the spot.Im blind so I can t take the samples myself. Quick Covid-19 tests would not require much time to know the result and I dont have to leave my home, which prevents infection, said 59-year-old Nguyen Van Tru.

For the elderly, health workers would collect samples on the spot.
"I'm blind so I can' t take the samples myself. Quick Covid-19 tests would not require much time and I don't have to leave my home, which prevents infection," said 59-year-old Nguyen Van Tru.

Health workers would take samples from one family members so the rest could follow. It would take around five minutes to distribute test kits and instruct each family on how to use them.

Health workers would take samples from one family member so the rest could follow suit. It takes around five minutes to distribute test kits and instruct each family on how to use them.

Hung helps an old woman get into her home after her quick Covid-19 test returned positive.We would record this case and would soon conduct a PCR test for confirmation, treatment and contact tracing, he said.

Hung helps an old woman get into her home after her quick Covid-19 test returned positive.
"We would record this case and soon conduct a PCR test for confirmation, treatment and contact tracing," he said.

Hungs suits and face shield are littered with rain droplets.I stumbled a bit on my first day of work, but everyone soon adapts. Most of the people are cooperative, he said.

Hung's suit and face shield are littered with rain droplets.
"I stumbled a bit on my first day at work, but everyone soon adapts. Most of the people are cooperative," he said.

Cao Van Hien (R), 26, and a colleague sit on a bench to rest after spending two hours walking.We instruct people very carefully upon arriving each houses. All the talking makes one feel thirsty quickly, and the suits prevent us from drinking, he said.

Cao Van Hien (R), 26, and a colleague sit on a bench to rest after spending two hours walking.
"We instruct people very carefully upon arriving at each house. All the talking makes one feel thirsty quickly, and the suits prevent us from drinking," he said.

After abour five minutes of resting, health workers return to each family to collect the results.

After about five minutes of resting, health workers return to collect test results.

At 4 p.m., the sky was still pouring, forcing workers to take refuge before continuing their tasks. On Monday alone, the mobile medical squad expected to deliver around 1,500 quick Covid-19 test kits to the people.Starting last week, the Vietnam Military Medical University has dispatched around 1,100 staffs and students to suppor their colleagues in Ho Chi Minh City and other southern localities in the Covid-19 fight.Ho Chi Minh City, epicenter of Vietnams fourth coronavirus wave since late April, has recorded 180,245 local Covid-19 cases so far in the new wave.

At 4 p.m., the rain was still pouring, forcing workers to take refuge before continuing their tasks. On Monday alone, the mobile medical squad expected to deliver around 1,500 quick Covid-19 test kits.
Starting last weekend, Vietnam Military Medical University dispatched around 1,100 staff and students to support their colleagues in HCMC and other southern localities in the Covid-19 fight.
HCMC, epicenter of Vietnam's fourth coronavirus wave since late April, has recorded 180,245 local Covid-19 cases so far in the new wave.

 
 
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