“Participants will be provided with personal protective equipment, food, accommodation and a monthly allowance of 8 million dong (US$350.80),” according to a letter reviewed by Reuters that was sent from the head of a hospital taking part of the scheme to recovered COVID-19 patients.
The field hospital No. 8 treated at least 10,000 patients in July.
In recent weeks, Vietnam’s health ministry has dispatched 14,600 additional doctors and nurses to the city and its neighbouring provinces to support an overwhelmed medical system.
“I don’t care much about the allowance, I just want to help burned-out healthcare workers,” Nguyen Hoang Anh, who recovered from the virus a few weeks ago, said by telephone.
“I believe my presence at the hospital will give strength to patients who are battling against the virus,” said Anh, who has applied to become a participant.
Hit by the Delta variant, the Southeast Asian country reported a record 10,811 infections on Tuesday, up more than ten-fold on daily levels at the start of July.