Medical facilities urgded to isolate patients to prevent cross-infection

The Health Ministry's Department of Medical Examination and Treatment yesterday sent its dispatch to medical facilities, asking to isolate measles and dengue patients to protect patients from the risks of cross-infection and reduce death.

Medical facilities urgded to isolate patients to prevent cross-infection

As per the document, the Department of Medical Examination and Treatment ordered infirmary managers to instruct its staff to spread information of the disease to patients and relatives, interns.
Additionally, infirmaries warned measles patients must wear facemask when waiting to see doctors at hospitals. For kids, parents must keep a handkerchief on their kids’ nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
Parents of hand-foot-mouth kid patient must wash their hands when taking care of kids and dengue patients must sleep in mosquito-nets.
Importantly, infirmaries must isolate patients and set up separated wards for measles patients and hand-foot-mouth patients. Hospitals will admit serious cases of measles, dengue and hand-foot-mouth as well as provide consultation to slight patient relatives at home to cut treatment cost and prevent cross-infection and patient overload.
Infirmaries must prepare drugs and equipment as per the Ministry of Health. Besides, they must follow treatment guidance of the Health Minister.
Besides, infirmaries must arrange more staff for crowded ward to reduce work overload as well as arrange beds for contagious patients not let two or three people in a bed.
Medical workers in big hospitals must be ready to provide consultation to their peers in district institutions.
The Ministry of Health said that measles, hand-foot-mouth dengue are running rampant resulting in patient overload and cross-infection especially in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Until October 8, the country reported over 1,093 measles cases including one death; 61,821 hand-foot-mouth cases including six deaths and over 67,400 dengue cases including 11 deaths.

By NGUYEN QUOC – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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