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PM calls for dengue fever prevention and control
Hoang Nhung
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PM calls for dengue fever prevention and control

Hoang Nhung

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long inspects dengue fever precaution and control measures at the HCMC Hospital for Tropical Diseases - PHOTO: THANH HOA

HANOI – The Prime Minister last Friday issued a correspondence asking the Ministry of Health and relevant agencies to take drastic measures to control the outbreak of dengue fever which is rising across the country.

According to the Preventive Medicine Department under the ministry, more than 58,000 dengue cases have been recorded since the beginning of the year, with over 49,000 patients hospitalized, up by 11.2% from a year before. There were also 17 fatalities recorded, an increase of three compared to the same period last year.

Many provinces and cities in the country are facing widespread outbreaks such as HCMC, Hanoi, Danang, Quang Nam, Binh Thuan, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, An Giang, Tra Vinh, Ca Mau, Tay Ninh, Soc Trang, Tien Giang and Nam Dinh.

The ministry has forecast that the disease may turn more complicated until early next year.

Hanoi City has reported the highest number of dengue cases in the northern region with nearly 7,000 cases, ranking third in the country after HCMC and Danang. Most patients in the capital city are from 15 to 35 years of age.

Hanoi is under the strain with nearly 1,000 sites reporting outbreaks, and hospitals in the city are overloaded. In just one week from July 17 to 23, the capital city recorded some 1,400 cases of dengue fever including two fatalities. Central districts that have posted a large number of patients include Dong Da with more than 1,400 patients, Hoang Mai with 1,300 patients, Hai Ba Trung with 509 patients, Thanh Tri with 427 patients, Thanh Xuan with 420 patients and Ha Dong with 406 patients.

In HCMC, about 10,700 people have been infected with the disease including four fatalities since early this year. The city with the greatest number of dengue cases also has to provide medical treatment for patients from southwestern and southeastern provinces, leading to overload in Children’s Hospitals 1 and 2 and the HCMC Hospital for Tropical Diseases, said the Preventive Medicine Center.

Tran Dac Phu, director of the Preventive Medicine Department, said that the early arrival of summer and higher average temperatures have been attributed to the outbreaks of dengue fever. In addition, rapid urbanization, environmental pollution at construction sites and residential areas, and a lack of due attention to dengue precaution have also made the situation worsen.

The Prime Minister assigned provincial and municipal governments to be responsible for directing relevant agencies and departments to guide local residents how to kill mosquitoes at construction sites, and allocate funds for disease prevention and control.

The Ministry of Health will assist localities in monitoring, detecting and treating outbreaks as well as offering measures for dengue fever precaution and treatment to minimize fatalities.

Relevant agencies and ministries have to cooperate closely with the Ministry of Health to deal with the disease.

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