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Uniform devotion of the frontline forces

Update: 11-09-2021 | 18:04:00

The Covid-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on a global scale and continues to evolve unpredictably as Binh Duong has unfortunately become the epicenter of this 4th outbreak wave. Upholding the tradition of medical doctors, the provincial staff, doctors and nurses pack up to become pioneers at the frontline against the epidemic to fight the enemy named the SARS-CoV-2.


Medical staff is side by side with patients at Phu Chanh treatment zone in Tan Uyen town under Binh Duong provincial General Hospital

The stronghold within the epidemic

Like many wars in the heroic history of the nation, every Binh Duong resident is always ready to sacrifice himself for the great cause. In the gun-free battle, many officials, doctors and nurses put aside their daily lives to temporarily leave their families and loved ones to enter the epidemic center. It is the spirit of volunteering and the enthusiastic hearts to serve in field hospitals and treatment areas irrespective of pouring rain or the sunshine on every street to investigate, trace, and take samples for testing in a bid to reduce the risk of infection and protect people's health. Many doctors and medical staff are not allowed to go home to visit their children for months; and they cannot even be with their elderly parents who are seriously ill. They are heroes without names on a gun-free battlefield fighting an invisible but dangerous enemy.

Experiencing disease prevention and control with wide eyes due to many sleepless nights, Dr. Nguyen Hong Chuong, Director of Department of Health, said that in the past few days, the whole country has turned to Binh Duong and other provinces and cities.  In the South, following up every information on disease developments and very patient infected with Covid-19 that recovers from the disease and is discharged from the hospital are really an invaluable spiritual gifts that the medical sector gives to the people. After nearly 4 months of anti-epidemic, especially from June 14 when the Delta variant appeared in many companies intertwined with dormitories crowded with workers to deeply infect the residential community, it was somewhat paramount difficulties for the extraction of infected ones (F0) from the community.

“For several months now, medical staff have not had a moment to rest. Regardless of day, night or sun or rain, wherever we are, when there is information about the epidemic, we are immediately present in teams to investigate, take samples for testing, and spin continuously in the working from morning to noon in sweat-soaked protective suits that make the whole body exhausted and hands wrinkled from dehydration and glove wearing. It was hard and dangerous, but we still hold on to the areas. Whether in the laboratory or in the epidemic center, our work is always full of risks - the high risk of infection, especially for the doctors in the intensive care rooms as they have to change each diaper and feed each spoonful of porridge and water for the patient and keep an eye on each vital indicator so that the patient would not change into life-threatening situations," Dr. Nguyen Hong Chuong added.

Being present to witness the messy work of the "soldiers in white", we can fully understand their hardships, sacrifices and dedication. It is wordless for us to describe all the difficulties that the epidemic prevention and control officials have gone through. Working in a high-risk environment, many frontline staff, doctors and volunteers have been infected and even sacrificed themselves, like the case of midwife Duong Nguyen Thuy Trinh. Reading the condolence letter from the Director of Binh Duong Department of Health to the family of the midwife who died from Covid-19, we are but filled with tears: "Death for each person is inherently a lonely journey that cannot be shared with anyone else. Now, the most terrible thing of the Covid-19 pandemic is not only separating relatives and cutting off communication from the society but also pushing infected and dead people into lonely situations to the end. The departure of the infected midwife Thuy Trinh to the other world is the spiritual strength for each medical officer and staff in the province to turn grief into actions and overcome difficulties and resolve to fight and win the pandemic.


Medical staff on mobile at Thai Hoa ward in Tan Uyen town is preparing supporting oxygen canisters for Covid-19 patients

Volunteer to the danger

Promoting the spirit of medical staff in the battle and after the call for support from Director of Department of Health, hundreds of applications from the retired medical teams have been sent to join the frontline forces. Some old doctors having diseases in their bodies still volunteer to participate in emergency resuscitation and treatment of severe cases. Doctor Tu Tan Thu, former Chief of Office of Department of Health, said: “As a retired doctor, I regularly monitor the situation and developments of the Covid-19 epidemic. When the 4th wave of epidemics appeared in Binh Duong, the image of "white suit soldiers" on the front lines who did not mind hardships touched me very much. Realizing that my health is secure, my mind is clear, and I have experience in medical examination and treatment, I want to join to contribute some of my strength to the prevention and control of the epidemic. I myself am just a small fighter in the fight against this pandemic, but I think that there will be many more like me that will bring victory in this war."

Looking at the list of thousands of volunteers participating in Covid-19 prevention and control in Binh Duong, we are especially impressed and touched by Mr. Nguyen The Hung, 30 years old, from Thanh Chuong district of Nghe An province. Hung is a distributor of Vinacacao Vietnam Company. He shared on his personal Facebook page: "Binh Duong is facing many challenges from the epidemic, the medical staff is short due to the increasing pressure of F0 cases. The days of relaxing at home, watching movies and surfing social networks make my life so boring. Outside, the forces are still on 24/7 duties, medical staff and officersf have to work all night long and through the days. There are doctors and nurses whose children are only 6 months old, but they have to leave them to their grandparents and family and roll themselves into the heart of the epidemic.” The image of that resilient white-shirted soldier prompted Hung to apply to contribute to serve in the field hospital.

How can we tell to the end about love of the white-shirted soldiers of the province as well those as from all over the nation to support Binh Duong. They always accompany and stand side by side with the provincial health sector to the hot spots of the epidemic center. Nurse Nguyen Thi Thao, a volunteer of Thanh Hoa province's medical union, heard that her mother-in-law had died in her hometown, but because of the task, Thao suppressed her pain and said goodbye to her mother from afar. Thao's image of mourning her mother at the frontline of disease prevention and control has become a symbol of the noble sacrifice of a white-robed female soldier who put aside her own pain to stay on the front lines of Binh Duong.

The fight against the epidemic is still on with many difficulties and challenges, the white-shirted soldiers on the front lines have spent many nights without sleep to monitor the survival indicators so that life can be revived.

Reported by Kim Ha - Translated by Vi Bao

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