Deputy PM asks for close watch on dengue fever

Saturday, 2017-07-29 05:01:03
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Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam speaking at the working session (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has asked the Hanoi city authorities, the Ministry of Health and the relevant ministries and sectors to keep a close watch on the development of dengue fever, in order to prevent and control the epidemic in the capital city in a timely manner.

The Government official made the request at a working session with Hanoi city People’s Committee on July 28.

He ordered the Hanoi city People’s Committee to continue working closely with sectors, localities and the healthcare sector to deploy campaigns to eradicate mosquitoes and mosquito larvae in residential areas, whether the areas have been affected by the disease or not.

He stressed the need to raise public awareness on the dangerous disease and to encourage the public to participate further in preventing the spread of dengue fever, particularly within their own homes.

Authorities at district and ward levels must pay special attention on keeping the environment in public spaces clean, mobilising all available resources in dengue fever prevention and control, and strictly punish those who violate current regulations on the issue, he noted.

He also requested that the patients who have been diagnosed with dengue fever receive prompt treatment.

Earlier the same day, the Deputy PM inspected the prevention and control of dengue fever at construction sites and households in Lang Thuong ward, Dong Da district, one of hot spots of disease outbreaks in the city.

According to the city’s Heath Department, Hanoi has recorded 984 dengue fever pandemic outbreaks since the beginning of this year, 789 of which have been dealt with. At the same time, nearly 7,990 patients in the capital city have been diagnosed with dengue fever, with over 90% being hospitalised, including four fatalities.

As of July 26, more than 550 environmental campaigns have been executed and over 500,000 households across the city have been inspected, in order to monitor, detect and handle outbreaks.