The Ministry of Health announced on January 26 hospitals will be open during Tet holidays.
Medical workers including hospital managers, doctors, nurses and safeguards must take turn working shifts despite the holidays, said head of the Ministry’s Department of Medical Examination and Treatment Luong Ngoc Khue.
The name of each person on duty will be posted in the hospital.
All patients will be provided treatment during the holidays. Medical workers will provide first aid to those not assigned to the hospital and an explanation of policies before transferring them to the right hospital in the insurance card.
Hospital managers will tend low-income patients and patients in critical conditions.
About 1,000 patients are staying in Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi during the holidays, said hospital Director Nguyen Quoc Anh. The hospital canteen will be open while the Nutrition Ward will provide free meals to low-income patients and cater food to patients in critical condition.
In related news, citizens donated more than 100 units of blood on January 26. Charitable Blood Donation Center in District 8 and Hoc Mon collected over 500 units of blood each day.
Because of increased traffic accidents, the donation center encourages people to donate blood during the months of January and February, said managers.