Vietnam to repatriate over 100 Covid-19 patients
  • | tienphong, | July 16, 2020 08:13 PM
Vietnam has prepared to repatriate 219 citizens from Equatorial Guinea home, including 116 Covid-19 patients.


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The Ministry of Health said on July 16 that they had prepared and would send doctors and nurses and ventilators on the flights to and from Equatorial Guinea. Head of the Health Ministry's Department of Medical Examination and Treatment Luong Ngoc Khue said they were working with Vietnam Airlines to organise the flight plans in accordance with prime ministerial directives.

The department has also worked with the Department of Overseas Labour and the Lilama 10, CM Vietnam, and Tan Dai Loi companies which employ Vietnamese that are working on the Sendje Hydropower Plant Project on the list of sick employees in order to prepare medical support.

Le Van Tuan, Director of Lilama 10 said the Vietnamese employees had contracted the virus from a Ukrainian expert who came to guide them on how to assemble the equipment.

All parties have made many proposals and different solutions for the high-risk flight. In order to prevent cross-infection, the authorities will use curtains to divide the plane. The flight crew will also be selected carefully. Despite the risks, many flight attendants have volunteered for the job.

A Vietnam Airlines representative said they had experience in transporting passengers from war zones and locked-down Wuhan to Vietnam. There are two plans. The first option was a direct flight and another would be a transit flight for fuel. The flight crew are also planning for emergencies. Many leaders in the corporation agreed to work for free in recent months to help overcome the difficult times.

There are 219 employees who have been tested for Covid-19 in Equatorial Guinea. The result shows that 102 people are positive. Two people had to use oxygen masks but their health has improved. Currently no-one has a fever. The health of the employees may change, more people may be tested positive and more may recover, when the repatriation fight takes off on August 3.

The National Hospital of Tropical Diseases said they were ready to receive new patients.

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