Major media corporations and news agencies have run articles highlighting Vietnam’s success in coping with COVID-19 through the hospital discharge of a British pilot – known as Patient 91, the most seriously ill COVID-19 case in Vietnam.
Stephen Cameron fully recovered thanks to the effective treatment and rehabilitation provided by Vietnamese doctors and nurses for over three months. He was discharged from the Ho Chi Minh City-based Cho Ray Hospital before returning home on July 12.
USA Today quoted the British pilot thanking everyone in Vietnam for what they have done for him. The article appreciated the measures to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam, emphasising that the high efforts of the Vietnamese doctors in treating Patient 91 have become a symbol of Vietnam’s success in the fight against the pandemic.
The Washington Post also assessed that Vietnam tried its best to cure Cameron. The British pilot said he was overwhelmed by the generosity of the Vietnamese people, and the dedication and professionalism of doctors and nurses at Cho Ray Hospital. The patient also said that he returned home with a “happy heart”, even though he felt sad to say goodbye to the people and friends in Vietnam.
In the UK, The Guardian also run an in-depth article about Cameron’s case and his treatment, as well as posted his thank-you note before leaving Cho Ray Hospital. The article shared that Vietnam has not recorded any deaths due to COVID-19 because it has responded and handled the disease quickly and positively.
Sky News also reported on the repatriation of Patient 91 to the UK. It said that in the last three months, Vietnam has not found any locally transmitted infections, and all recent reported cases are people who were infected abroad and have been placed in government quarantine facilities.
The Daily Mail praised Vietnam for keeping a “perfect score” when it said that the 91st COVID-19 patient detected in Vietnam was a critical case but was discharged after 115 days of treatment. The article emphasised Vietnam’s achievement in maintaining a zero death rate due to COVID-19 with only just over 300 cases of infection since the outbreak began.