COVID-19: 11 more patients cured in Vietnam

As many as 11 more patients were declared cured by December 4 afternoon, bringing the number of recovered patients to 1,220, said the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

A medical worker takes a swab from a resident in District 6 of Ho Chi Minh City for COVID-19 testing in early December. Photo: VNA

Among those still under treatment, five tested negative once for coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease, four twice and three thrice. No patients were in critical conditions.

Currently, more than 17,000 people who returned from overseas or had contact with COVID-19 patients are being placed in quarantine for health observation throughout the country.

Of Vietnam’s modest coronavirus cases, one is commanding the most attention from media, doctors, and citizens: an unnamed 43-year-old British pilot known as Patient 91. He has been in the most critical condition. He was transferred to Cho Ray Hospital after a two-month stay at Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases, where Vietnamese doctors worked hard to keep him alive.

By saving Patient 91, Vietnamese health workers have received praise at home and abroad for their successful fight against COVID-19. 

A miraculous journey began to save the life of the British patient, who is 1.81-meter-tall and weighs 100 kilograms, with diabetes and severe lung damage. Four doctors and 12 nurses, who are the most experienced at Cho Ray Hospital and the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases, made up a special team on duty round the clock.

It was a big challenge to cure this patient. Vietnam's leading physicians in resuscitation, infection, and hematology saved him while studying what to do next as his health conditions worsened and the world lacked a consistent COVID-19 treatment regimen. He was given all the best medicine and facilities.

The Prime Minister has also asked agencies to accelerate research to find a vaccine, create e-profiles of patients, and develop effective treatment plans, especially for the most seriously ill patients, to minimize fatalities.

"Those with a cough, fever, or pneumonia need to be treated immediately. We need to continue social distancing for high-risk people, the elderly, and people with heart disease or other underlying diseases, to prevent transmission," said the Prime Minister. 

Tu Pham