Vietnamese Catholics Inspired to Join Fight Against Covid-19
Catholics in coronavirus-stricken Ho Chi Minh City, southern Vietnam, have been encouraged to take strict social distancing measures and provide material and spiritual support to the unfortunate victims.
Father Peter Kieu Cong Tung, head of the office of the Archbishop’s House of Ho Chi Minh City, said the most contagious variant of the delta was spreading rapidly and causing an increase in cases in the city.
Father Tung reminded all Catholics to help contain community-transmitted infections by staying strictly indoors, keeping safe distances from each other, wearing face masks, avoiding gatherings in public places, washing hands with disinfectants and making health claims.
“The more strictly we enforce social distancing measures, the sooner the spread ends,” the priest said.
He asked local priests not to administer the sacrament of anointing the sick to patients dying from Covid-19 in hospitals due to the high risk of contracting the contagion.
“The city government approves priests celebrating the last rites for those who die from the coronavirus in hospitals before their cremation,” he said. “This act is small but brings great consolidation to the faithful.”
It is an excellent opportunity for local religious to carry out their missions.
He said the Archbishop’s House plans to set up a team of priests who will take turns to exercise this ministry.
“The local Church always walks with you in all circumstances of your life, not only praying for but also being present when your loved ones pass away,” Father Tung said on July 19.
He said local Catholics provide basic food daily to those severely affected by the Covid-19 epidemic and are ready to participate in the healthcare of Covid-19 patients.
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He added: “430 religious volunteers are expected to take care of patients in hospitals in the coming days. It is an excellent opportunity for local religious to carry out their missions.
These volunteers plan to enter hospitals on July 22.
Father Tung urged people to pray that these religious, caregivers and volunteers will be peaceful and healthy to serve the victims.
Providence de Portieux Sister Marie Thérèse Mai Thuong, a doctor who treats Covid-19 patients at a local hospital, said hospital staff were working hard daily to save patients.
“When the lives of patients are in danger of death, we who heal them directly no longer fear difficulties, suffering or infections, but only make great efforts, accompanied by our prayers, to make them breathe again, their hearts. beat again, ”Sister Mai Thuong mentioned.
“Our determined efforts save the lives of many patients, sometimes only helping patients to live a few hours or days longer and must be completely dependent on drugs and machines, but we are always zealous in our service with a loving heart. . “
We will always keep the loving and sensitive heart of Mother Mary within us so that we are ready to go and bring the Lord to those who need us.
The nun said four more sisters from her community will join frontline caregivers to serve patients in hospitals.
“We will always keep the loving and sensitive heart of Mother Mary within us so that we are ready to go and bring the Lord to those who need us,” said the sister.
On July 20, state-run VTC News reported that a migrant family – a mother and three children – who became unemployed due to the pandemic decided to cycle through Dong Province. Nai to their home province of Nghe An, 1,383 kilometers away. .
They traveled 282 km for 11 days, and when they arrived in Ninh Thuan Province on July 19, some people donated and bought train tickets for them. They will get on the train on July 21 to go home.
Ho Chi Minh City, the epicenter of the ongoing fourth wave of coronavirus that was detected in late April, has recorded 35,984 confirmed cases. The new epidemic infected 56,479 people and spread to 58 of 63 cities and provinces.