Vietnam provides Covid-19 emergency treatment to UN staff for the first time

Vietnam has received and successfully treated a United Nations (UN) staff member who was in a critical condition after being infected with Covid-19 while working in a regional country.
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Vietnam provides Covid-19 emergency treatment to UN staff for the first time
Vietnam's UN peacekeeping force working in South Sudan. Vietnamese doctors sent to South Sudan’s field hospitals on the United Nations peacekeeping mission have treated a lot of patients. Photo Vietnamnet

The official was sent to Vietnam on a private airplane under the UN Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) for treatment in Vietnam at the UN request.

This is the first time Vietnam treated a Covid-19 patient who is a UN official under the MEDEVAC, marking a new development step in the Vietnam-UN comprehensive partnership.

After undergoing intensive treatment in a strict quarantine process, and thanks to expertise and dedicated care of Vietnamese doctors and nurses, the patient has fully recovered and been discharged from hospital. The UN staff member left Vietnam on June 15 to come back to work, Vietnam News Agency reported.

MEDEVAC aims to create a global framework to provide emergency evacuation for severely ill UN staff members who require a level of care not available at their locations. Many countries in and outside the region engaged in the reception and treatment for them via the MEDEVAC mechanism.

According to the UN, MEDEVAC mechanism serves as an example of a successful One UN partnership between numerous entities to design, resource, and implement a system-wide medical evacuation framework in the face of the unprecedented circumstances of the pandemic.

The deed once again affirmed Vietnam’s humane tradition, willingness and commitment to contribute to international cooperation in coping with the Covid-19 pandemic.

UN representatives, including Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General of UN Department of Operational Support, have sent their thank to Vietnam for the treatment.

Atul Khare lauded the significance of the deed, saying it helped the UN fulfill its tasks in the region. He also expressed a wish to receive more support from Vietnam in the near future.

He also thanked Vietnam for continuing to send medical workers to the level-2 field hospital in South Sudan and giving Covid-19 vaccine shots to them before departure.

A Vietnamese military medic receives her first shot of Covid-19 vaccine. Photo by VnExpress
A Vietnamese military medic receives her first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine before taking on the mission at level-2 Field Hospital No 3 in South Sudan in March 2021. Photo VnExpress

The United Nations, through the COVAX Facility, had already sent nearly 2.5 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to Vietnam, out of a total of 38.9 million doses it committed to provide for the country free of charge.

Since its admission to the UN in 1977, Vietnam has received great support and assistance from United Nations organs to overcome war consequences, reconstruct the country and in the renewal process, especially improve production capacity, develop human resources, science-technology, integrate into the world and fulfill global development goals.

Vietnam provides Covid-19 emergency treatment to UN staff for the first time
Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Thi Minh Phuong holds a South Sudan child during her first patrol as a military observer in December 2019. Photo VNA

Vietnamese doctors sent to South Sudan’s field hospitals on UN peacekeeping missions have helped treat a lot of patients.

Together with offering medical supplies to countries worldwide in the past year, Vietnam has and will continue contributing to international solidarity to surmount the pandemic./.

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