|The MoH proposes changing stringent 5K anti-pandemic measures to V2K (Photo: Phap Luat)
During the height of the COVID-19 outbreak, Vietnamese people were encouraged to strictly abide by the 5K protocol that stands for khau trang (facemasks), khu khuan (disinfection), khoang cach (distance), khong tu tap (no gatherings), and khai bao y te (health declarations).
This form of communication helped residents to live safely with the virus and allow the country to move into a period of ‘new normal’.
Now with the latest outbreak being brought under control, the MoH suggested maintaining two rules on khau trang (facemasks), and khu khuan (disinfection).
The MoH has gathered opinions from various members of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control and has already submitted the proposal to the Government for approval, said Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Lien Huong.
However, she said the 5K message would be reinstated in the event new variants of COVID-19 emerge in the future.
Assoc. Prof. Tran Dac Phu, former head of the General Department of Preventive Medicine, welcomed the proposal, noting although the pandemic has been brought under control nationwide, some prevention measures such as mask wearing and disinfection remain necessary.
This is particular important as the COVID-19 pandemic has so far proved to be complicated, whilst there is also the danger that other diseases or variants may breakout, he said.
Concurring with this point of view, Assoc. Prof. Le Thi Anh Thu, president of the Vietnam Association for Infection Control, stated changing the COVID-19 prevention plan from 5K to V2K can be viewed as an appropriate and timely measure.