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Military, doctors leave HCM City as pandemic under control
  • By Quang Huy | | October 13, 2021 07:12 PM
Military officers and doctors have started to leave HCM City after completing their tasks in the Covid-19 fight in the country's largest epicentre.

A military officer bring food to a family in HCM City during the social distancing time for Covid-19 prevention in August, 2021

Speaking with Dantri/Dtinews on October 13, deputy political commissar of HCM City High Command, Nguyen Tuan Bao, said military officers would be withdrawn between October 13-15 while military health workers would withdraw by November 30.

"The military medics will stay until the end of November to help the city's healthcare facilities while they rearrange their plans for the new situation," the official said. "The pandemic remains complicated in some parts of the city so they need more time to adjust."

On October 6, authorities in Binh Tan District held a farewell ceremony to say thank you and goodbye to nearly 200 of the 560 soldiers from the 9th Division of Army Corps 4 for their support to local people.

The soldiers will return to their unit in Dong Nai Province after more than a month in the area.

The same day, authorities of Binh Thanh District also said goodbye to soldiers of the 5th Division who had helped in guarding checkpoints and provided food to 47 local health stations.

Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy chairwoman of Binh Tan District People’s Committee, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Dung said the dedication of military personnel had made a great contribution to help the district control the pandemic.

Since late August, the military had mobilised around 34,000 soldiers and 98,000 militia members, along with around 2,000 health workers to support the virus fight during the peak of the fourth Covid-19 outbreak in the city.

The soldiers helped set up Covid-19 checkpoints, field hospitals, mobile medical stations, and participate in the food distribution, as well as in large-scale vaccination and testing campaigns.

Although the pandemic has been basically brought under control in the southern metropolis, it has left a hard toll. By the end of Tuesday, HCM City reported 412,673 infections and nearly 16,000 deaths.

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