The Telegram on strengthening the performance of the COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control

Published on 24 - 04 - 2021

On 23/4/2021, the Prime Minister issued the Telegram No. 541 / CD-TTg on strengthening the performance of the COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control.

According to the Telegram, in order to firmly maintain the achievements of the prevention and fight against the epidemic, successfully realize the dual goals, best protect the people's health, especially in the upcoming big holidays, the Prime Minister requested as follows:

- Ministries, ministerial-level agencies, Government-attached agencies, the People's Committees of provinces and centrally-run cities continue to increase vigilance against the epidemic risks, promote the responsibilities of leaders, and carry out drastically, synchronously and effectively proposed measures with the motto "Active prevention, early detection, quickly isolation, effective treatment, complete treatment, and prompt stabilization of the situation".

- Ministers, heads of ministerial-level agencies, heads of government-attached agencies are responsible for the epidemic prevention and control under their management. Chairmen of the People's Committees of provinces and centrally-run cities take responsibilities for the COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control in their respective localities; report to the Party committee at the same level for unified direction. The Minister of Health is responsible for professional direction, proactively advising and proposing interdisciplinary issues and the ones beyond its authority; urging all branches and levels to implement the directions of the Government, the Prime Minister, the National Steering Committee for the COVID-19 prevention and control; summing up and reporting the situation and results to the Prime Minister.

- Ministries, ministerial-level agencies, Government-attached agencies, the People's Committees of provinces and centrally-run cities drastically direct the implementation and organize the inspection and supervision of the strict performance of measures:

+ To strictly comply with the 5K requirement of the Ministry of Health, especially wearing mandatory masks in public places, at events with a large concentration of people, on public transport.

+ Agencies, units, organizations, enterprises ... regularly self-assess the implementation of the requirements and measures to prevent and fight against the epidemic, update the results of self-assessment on the anti-epidemic map system.

+ To regularly inspect and urge the performance of anti-epidemic measures within the management area, especially at medical establishments, schools, tourism establishments, production establishments, markets, supermarkets, airports, bus stations ...; strictly handle organizations and individuals that violate the epidemic prevention and control.

+ To proactively update and complete plans ready to respond to all situations of the epidemic.

+ In case of detecting an infected case, it is necessary to focus on directing and immediately applying measures to localize, trace and isolate; resolutely not to spread the epidemic on a large scale. The application of measures of social isolation, blockade, and separation must follow the practical and effective motto; ensuring safety, but not letting production and business stall on an excessively necessary scale; minimizing adverse impacts on production, business and people's life.

+ To continue to limit unnecessary events and activities gathering people; in case of organization, safety measures must be strictly performed, in particular, wearing a mask and disinfecting ... in accordance with regulations.

- The Prime Minister also asked the Ministry of Health to:

+ Review and complete plans for the epidemic prevention and control on a national scale, ready to respond to every epidemic situation.

+ Review and complete appropriate epidemic prevention and control measures in the new situation, guide safety measures in crowded events and activities and at the facilities of regularly crowded people.

+ Urgently and effectively perform the Government's Resolution No. 21 / NQ-CP dated February 26, 2021 on the purchase and use of COVID-19 vaccine; allocate and organize vaccination in accordance with the situation of the epidemic developments, ensure absolute safety, and prevent overdue vaccines. To continue to proactively approach other vaccine sources in the world while focusing on strengthening vaccine research and development in the country.

+ Strengthen active screening, testing on a large scale for cases with symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, respiratory tract inflammation and other cases with the high risk of infection in the community.

In addition, the Prime Minister also assigns specific tasks to the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the People's Committees of provinces and centrally-run cities to continue closely controlling immigration activities on border routes, closely monitoring the establishments isolating people on entry, preventing cross-spread and epidemic spread in the community. The Ministry of Information and Communications, the Ministry of Health, Vietnam Television, Voice of Vietnam, Vietnam News Agency and local press agencies continue to communicate on alertness to the epidemic, COVID-19 vaccination, voluntarily taking measures to prevent and control the epidemic according to regulations./.

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