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The "white blouse soldiers" in the silent battle

(BGO) – Despite facing hardships, stress and risks of disease infection when receiving, monitoring, treating and providing medical care for suspected cases of SARS-CoV-2; putting all family work on hold and staying away from relatives, medical officers and workers of the Department of Infectious Diseases of the Bac Giang provincial General Hospital are always enthusiastic and determined to win this fight.

Being both doctors and relatives

More than 70 days after the Department of Infectious Diseases under the provincial General Hospital received the first suspected case of the acute respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19), all of its health officers and workers have been mobilized for the task of preventing and fighting the pandemic.

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Health workers take samples for SARS-CoV-2 testing.

A challenge for the department when receiving, monitoring and providing treatment and medical care for suspected Covid -19 cases is that some of them are still under treatment in other departments such as cardiology, kidney urology, trauma and neurology... That requires the doctors and nurses to make great efforts and coordinate closely to treat and take good care of the patients.

On March 28, the provincial General Hospital received a traffic accident victim with a serious traumatic brain injury. Earlier, on March 25, the patient went to take medical check-up at Bach Mai Hospital, which is a hotbed of coronavirus infection.

Dr. Vu Thanh Giang, Deputy Director of the provincial General Hospital, who is in charge of the hospital’s quarantine area, said: “In the face of emergency, the hospital's management board directed transferring the patient to the quarantine area and mobilizing machines, equipment and human resources of the Emergency and Neurosurgery Departments to collaborate with those on duty in the quarantine area to treat the patient."

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Doctors and nurses receive meals for patients in the quarantine area of the Department of Infectious Diseases.

From the outside, the hospital's quarantine area with a red warning sign is quite deserted. But inside, the doctors and nurses are always busy and wholeheartedly devoted to their patients.

The shields

On January 26 (the second day of the Lunar New Year), the department received the first two suspected Covid-19 cases who were Chinese tourists. Up to now, the unit has received hundreds of suspected cases. The 22 health workers here are required to both undertake the professional tasks of the department and directly participate in the reception, treatment and care of people suspected of being infected with coronavirus. Each of them has tried a lot amid pressures of time and work.

Amid the complicated developments of the pandemic, the department has just been provided with 10 more doctors and nurses. They are divided into three groups on duty, each with 10 officers who take turns working in the quarantine area for two weeks. After two weeks, all of them are isolated and monitored for the next 14 days to ensure absolute safety for the community.

Thus, officers have to completely separate from the life outside within a month and they only have 15 days to stay with their families and do tasks at the department, and then return to the quarantine area.

In case the epidemic is widespread, with many people suspected to be infected with or positive for SARS-CoV-2, all of them will have to stay here without shifting.

For doctors and nurses, this is not only a battle against the virus but a lot of difficulties in the process of receiving, treating and applying quarantine measures on suspected Covid-19 cases.

Nurse Trinh Thi Viet said: “Many cases did not cooperate at the beginning. They showed impatience, felt uncomfortable, and even opposed quarantine measures because they thought their health was completely stable and they did not need quarantine. For foreigners, the differences in language and culture, plus their embarrassment, made the work even more difficult.”

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Doctors work in the quarantine area of the provincial General Hospital.

At that time, the health workers were gentle and patiently explained, encouraged and relieved the quarantined people’s minds, so only 1-2 days later they appeared to be friendly, cooperative and compliant with quarantine and treatment regulations.

In addition, the hospital has set up two quick response teams for internal and external emergency. It has arranged tables to take body temperatures, receive and classify patients as soon as they come for examination, while installing a full body disinfection chamber. It has also organised training courses to update knowledge for hospital staff on diagnosis, treatment, patient care and disinfection, as well as mobilized all forces ready to be sent to the front lines of the epidemic combat.

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