No matter where we are and what we do, health is always our top priority, especially in this pandemic. If you are in Vietnam during COVID-19, don’t stop reading as our blog will provide you with must-know information about health emergencies in Vietnam and tips on staying healthy in Vietnam.
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A health emergency is a situation that is, based on advice from a medical professional or a notice from a public health authority, people in an area are or may be exposed to danger from disease, virus, or other agents that may be detrimental to human health. Some examples are Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Avian Flu (H5N1), and the most recently, coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
In Vietnam, the Ministry of Health has made an effort to support all individuals living in Vietnam to fight against the coronavirus. There is a website launched to share information about the disease, an online form created to declare health condition, and an application (BlueZone) used to detect infected or those having been in close contact with people having COVID-19.
If you own a phone number in Vietnam, you also receive a bunch of messages from the Ministry of Health, providing you with steps to protect yourself and places you should not go. It is clear that health emergencies in Vietnam are now under good control, and you can have faith in the government.
During COVID-19, the Ministry of Health has made an effort to support all individuals living in Vietnam to fight against the disease. Apart from the emergency number of the ambulance (115), there are many emergency hotlines that you can call for advice and support for cases related to COVID-19.
You can call the Ministry of Health via 1900 3228 or 1900 9095. The telephone charge is free. Otherwise, you can contact the hotline of 22 hospitals below:
In the North
In Central Vietnam
In the South
See also: An Overview of Healthcare in Vietnam.
“Prevention is better than cure” - we bet you have heard this sentence before but rarely do we think and act accordingly. For instance, you may have sleep deprivation or tiredness, but you tend to forget them as soon as you feel energetic and healthy again. However, COVID-19 has reminded people about the costly price to pay if they do not maintain a healthy lifestyle, so let’s take a look at some ways to protect you and your family.
Wear masks in public places
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after visiting a public area or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
Keep 2 meters away from strangers
Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze
Monitor your health by being careful with symptoms and measure your body temperature frequently
For more tips, read:
If you think that you may have COVID-19, there are 30 screening centers throughout Vietnam to get you tested. See the list of COVID-19 screening centers in Vietnam.
In addition to the list, Ho Chi Minh City now has more centers that are eligible for performing the test, including:
All foreigners entering Vietnam are required to purchase international health insurances that are eligible for payment for medical examination and treatment in Vietnam, following their period of stay in the country.
At the same time, all entries into Vietnam must comply with the testing order for COVID-19 and pay the medical facility's testing fee at the current rates for medical services: VND 734,000 (Real-time PCR) and (or) VND 238,000 (quick test kit). The test result is a must for entering and exiting Vietnam.
If infected, the treatment cost for Vietnamese nationals will be covered by the state's fund, while foreign nationals must pay for the fee themselves.
In case you must go to a hospital, whether for COVID-19 testing or other health emergencies in Vietnam, you must wear a face mask and go through these steps:
For those who are required to stay in the hospital, you and your caregivers must comply with these rules:
Staying healthy during COVID-19 is a challenging yet critical task! As the number of deaths and infected people is increasing rapidly, please remember to protect yourself under any circumstances. We are aware that you would like to discover the S-shaped country and immerse yourself in the vibrancy here. However, carefully select recreational activities that are suitable during the pandemic to protect you and your loved ones.
© Written by Uyen Ho for itourvn.com