A 43-year-old British man might endure a lung transplant in Vietnam, the place he’s critically unwell with Covid-19.
The person, a Vietnam Airways pilot, developed a fever and cough on 17 March, and was later admitted to Ho Chi Minh Metropolis Hospital for Tropical Illnesses.
He’s on a extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine, a type of life assist used when an individual’s coronary heart or lungs are unable to perform absolutely, and is being handled with antibiotics and dialysis, the federal government’s information portal VGP Information reported.
Lung ultrasound scans point out his proper lung has collapsed, in keeping with a Ministry of Health report revealed on Monday. The person is reportedly experiencing cytokine storms, an overreaction of the immune system. Common updates are revealed on state media, and plenty of within the nation have commented on-line, wishing him properly.
At a gathering on Thursday targeted on new Covid-19 remedy and testing methods, Prof Nguyen Van Kinh, an infectious ailments specialist, stated medical doctors had been “contemplating the choice of performing a lung transplant for the affected person”.
In March, a medical crew in China reportedly carried out a double lung transplant for a affected person contaminated with Covid-19. The 59-year-old affected person was efficiently handled at a hospital in east China’s Jiangsu province, in keeping with the state-run Global Times. Two sufferers who had the coronavirus in Wuhan are additionally reported to have acquired profitable lung transplants.
The British affected person in Vietnam turned unwell after visiting a bar in Ho Chi Minh metropolis, Buddha Bar, subsequently linked to a cluster of 19 instances.
Vietnam, a rustic of 96 million folks, which shares a border with China, has to date recorded simply 288 instances of Covid-19 and no deaths, owing partially to its aggressive contact tracing campaigns, clear public well being messaging and fast motion.
When a affected person checks optimistic for the virus, they’re assigned a affected person quantity and their anonymised journey historical past – together with particulars the place they’ve eaten, or the place and once they went to a market or bar – are publicised on-line and on state media. At-risk individuals are then required to report back to well being authorities to be examined. Anybody discovered to unfold faux information has been fined.
The nation has regularly elevated its testing capability whereas organising mass quarantines of contacts probably uncovered to the virus. In early April, when the best numbers had been quarantined, Vietnam remoted almost 70,000 folks, together with greater than 44,000 in navy camps and college dormitories. All arrivals from abroad are topic to a compulsory 14 days’ quarantine.
The nation has carried out greater than 260,000 checks, that are free for nearly all instances. A nationwide lockdown was eased two weeks in the past, and Vietnam has been with out neighborhood transmission for 22 days.
Dr Tran Dac Phu, a senior adviser on the public well being emergency operations centre beneath the Ministry of Well being, stated: “Vietnam’s technique is to comprise the variety of instances, in order that the variety of sufferers that want remedy, the variety of essential instances, may be saved low so it doesn’t blow up the well being system. Many nations with excessive variety of instances have a lot of essential sufferers.”
There at the moment are 47 lively infections, the well being ministry stated on Friday, and two critically unwell sufferers.
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