F0 Hanoi is tired of waiting for isolation

There are positive test results, but some F0 still have to wait for days to see if they will self-isolate at home or take them to treatment.

On December 8, Pham Viet Dong’s wife, in HH3A Linh Dam apartment building, Hoang Liet ward, Hoang Mai district, tested positive for nCoV by RT-PCR test at a clinic in Thanh Xuan district. . Upon receiving the news, he immediately informed the floor manager of the apartment building to notify the medical force.

A day later, all residents on the same floor as Mr. Dong’s family were taken for testing. On December 11, the rapid test results showed that he and two children under 12 years old were also positive. “Since then, my family has been self-isolating at home. The ward medical center has not contacted or instructed anything, especially when my two children have not been vaccinated,” he said.

In addition to suffering because of Covid, his family also had to live with the amount of household waste that had been piled up in the house for the past week. No one is allowed to go out to take out the garbage, nor dare to put it together with the garbage of the whole building for fear of infecting the community.

“There was no medical staff to clean up separately or anyone to guide me how to handle, the amount of garbage every day is getting bigger,” said Mr. Dong.

He said, he is very sympathetic to the ward medical force because the workforce is small, while the number of infections and related cases is increasing. “The authorities should have instructions for people to know how to prevent or treat F0 at home instead of ignoring it,” said Mr. Dong.

Medical staff take samples for large-scale screening test in Linh Dam urban area on August 18. Photo: Ngoc Thanh.

“Residents living on the same floor are also very confused, especially when F0 initially infected three other people,” said Vu Dinh Phong, 40 years old, the head of the floor where Mr. Dong’s family lives. Residents sent a petition to the People’s Committee of Hoang Liet ward about 4 F0 and were not interested.

According to Mr. Phong, whether isolated at home or going to a gathering, the ward needs specific instructions so that people know what to do, how to handle medical waste, and how to dispense medicine.

“We are adults, we have had two injections. But the children need to be cared for and treated in time. Waste needs to be treated,” he said.

On the morning of December 15, talking with reporters VnExpressA leader of the People’s Committee of Hoang Liet ward said that right after receiving information that Dong’s wife was F0, the ward had temporarily blocked off, sending people down to take samples to send to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Hanoi, but no results so far.

Currently, the ward has directly discussed with the Medical Center of Hoang Mai District to urge and request the Hanoi CDC to return the PCR results soon for the four cases above, from which appropriate measures will be taken.

Not only Mr. Dong’s family, many F0s in Hanoi reported that it took a few days to receive test results from the CDC. Mr. Ngoc’s family in Hai Ba Trung district, has a 7-year-old daughter who has been exposed to F0 and tested positive. On the same day, the baby was taken by the ward health station for PCR testing, but the results were only available three days later.

“If there are early results, both my family and those who have been in contact will not have to live in anxiety and worry about becoming F1, F2 or not,” Mr. Ngoc said.

Employees collect garbage at a family with F0 being treated in Kim Giang ward, Thanh Xuan district, December 2021.  Photo: Pham Chieu

Employees collect garbage at a family with F0 being treated in Kim Giang ward, Thanh Xuan district, December 2021. Photo: Pham Chieu

Received a positive test result on December 7, after only one day of taking samples, but Nguyen Quynh Trang, 25 years old, residing in Dong Da district, took another week to be taken to concentrated isolation.

“Medical staff reported that the field hospital was overloaded, giving priority to severe patients, so I was temporarily isolated at home, if I needed support, someone would come to help,” she said and said she was lucky when the doctors said she was lucky. Symptoms of the disease are not severe.

During her stay at home, Trang learns about her knowledge and skills when she becomes F0, and sometimes talks to the medical staff in charge by phone. Trang ordered herself, food, and had someone living in the same house put it outside the door. As for domestic waste, she tied it up and left it on the balcony temporarily because she didn’t know how to handle it. “Currently, there are only general garbage trucks for residential areas, but I’m F0, don’t share things with everyone, so I just pile them up there,” Trang said.

After a week of self-isolation, on December 14, she was informed by medical staff that she had 30 minutes to prepare and transferred to a field hospital at the Dormitory of Thuy Loi University, but the pile of garbage at home was still empty. solution.

Regarding cases of F0 who have to stay at home to wait for concentrated isolation, an epidemiologist in Hanoi recommends that people stay calm and self-isolate at home in the context of increasing F0. According to this expert, Hanoi also changed its mindset from “no Covid” management (Zero Covid) to risk management, minimizing deaths.

“According to statistics, 80-85% of patients are mild or asymptomatic. While waiting for PCR test results, patients need to calm down and isolate themselves,” he said, adding that he would self-treat at home. can be even better and more comfortable in the collection and treatment area. It is important that the grassroots medical staff know how to coordinate, if F0 is severe, it is necessary to immediately transfer to the upper level, minimizing the risk of death.

As for Mr. Dong’s family, on the evening of December 14, the ward’s health station called to inquire, provide food, food, and disinfected water for the family as well as being instructed on how to handle waste by “letting separately, there are medical staff to collect daily”. The ward also sent people to test again to check the viral load and provide instructions on epidemic prevention measures. He said that the health of the four members was stable, it was not necessary to go to a medical facility for treatment.

According to the Hanoi Department of Health, by the end of December 13, the city had 9,463 F0 being treated. Specifically, the first floor consists of four facilities to treat 3,882 cases, medical facilities and more than 3,300 at home; The 2nd and 3rd floors are district general hospitals, city and central hospitals, treating more than 2,200 cases.

*Names of some characters have been changed.

Quynh Nguyen


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