Source: Tuoi Tre News on March 27th, 2020
English translation by Uyen Phuong Tran
On the evening of March 27th, Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health issued an express official dispatch requesting for the review and administration of COVID-19 testing for all people arriving from abroad since March 8th.
In order to ensure the strict control over all foreign entries and to implement the testing widely, Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health requested that the steering committees for disease prevention and control of towns and districts set up working groups that include local policemen, healthcare workers, chiefs of local civil groups, the Red Cross, etc.
These working groups would visit every house and accommodation establishment to check and register all the people that arrived in Vietnam from March 8th and that have been staying in the city, request them to self-quarantine and provide their health declarations (if not already submitted), as well as updates on their health status.
Besides, all responsible units and divisions shall collaborate and support local health authorities to effectively collect swabs for testing.
With the list of recent foreign entries and their confirmed or current addresses, district and town healthcare centers would be in charge of identifying the individuals that have not been tested for COVID-19.
District and town healthcare centers shall review within mass quarantine facilities and generate a list of individuals that have not been tested for COVID-19. Subsequently, all generated lists and statistics shall be reported back to Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control and Prevention and they would be the basis for the testing plan.
The City Department of Health also requested that Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control and Prevention immediately develop plans and mobilize resources from all healthcare units of the city to organize the testing (prioritizing the people arriving in the country within the last 14 days).
Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control and Prevention shall compile the data on foreign entries since March 8th with confirmed and current local addresses from online and physical health declarations, and collaborate with town as well as district healthcare centers for further investigation.
In addition, town and district healthcare centers shall immediately offer swab collection training for medical workers that participate in the testing of people arriving in Vietnam from abroad since March 8th.
Town and district hospitals shall provide town and district healthcare centers the manpower to implement the health status update directive and testing for all foreign entries from March 8th.