Vietnam launched a program called “Patient zero with patient zero” in Ho Chi Minh City this week to support public healthcare services.
The government said it would offer COVID-19 recovered patients with eight million dong ($350.80) monthly allowance, food, accommodation, and personal protective equipment if they agreed to help health workers in hospitals.
“I don’t care much about the allowance, I just want to help burned-out healthcare workers. I believe my presence at the hospital will give strength to patients who are battling against the virus,” Nguyen Hoang Anh, a participant in the program told Reuters.
Earlier, Vietnam’s health ministry sent 14,600 additional doctors and nurses to Ho Chi Minh City and its neighboring provinces to support an overwhelmed medical system, Reuters reported.
The Delta variant has taken many lives in the Southeast Asian countries and Vietnam was no exception.
Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 381,363 cases and 9,349 deaths as of August 26, local time.
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