PM urges for strengthened prevention and control of dengue fever

Friday, 2017-07-28 11:35:13
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A patient undergoes treatment for dengue fever at the Hanoi-based Central Hospital of Tropical Diseases.
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NDO – As a result of the unpredictable and complex development of dengue fever, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued a directive urging for strengthened prevention and control of the dangerous disease.

The document stated that since the beginning of 2017, more than 58,000 patients nationwide have been diagnosed with dengue fever, including over 49,000 hospitalised and 17 fatalities. Compared with the same period in 2016, the number of hospital admissions has increased by 11.2%, while the number of fatalities has risen by three.

A large number of provinces and cities are experiencing a high morbidity rate and are at high risk of disease outbreak, especially Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Noi, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Binh Thuan, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, An Giang, Tra Vinh, Ca Mau, Tay Ninh, Soc Trang, Tien Giang and Nam Dinh.

To proactively prevent the spread of dengue fever, the PM asked the People's Committees of provinces and cities to direct their concerned authorities at all levels to provide information to and mobilise people to deploy campaigns to eradicate mosquitoes and mosquito larvae in residential areas, while assigning specific tasks to authorities at all levels on disease prevention and control.

Local authorities were requested to closely monitor the epidemic situation for early detection and comprehensively deal with outbreaks as soon as they are detected, in addition to organising emergency medical treatment for patients, strengthening inspection and supervision over areas with high risk and allocating adequate funds for disease prevention and control.

The chairpersons of People's Committees of centrally-run provinces and cities should drastically direct and report to the PM on the prevention and control of dengue fever in their localities.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) was urged to direct and inspect localities in monitoring, detecting and treating outbreaks, as well as offering measures and training for local health workers on the diagnosis and treatment of dengue fever and ensuring adequate means, supplies and equipment for prompt treatment to minimise fatalities.

The Ministry of Information and Communications, Vietnam Television, Radio the Voice of Vietnam, Vietnam News Agency, Nhan Dan Newspaper and other press agencies were asked to closely collaborate with the MOH to broadcast sufficient and timely information on the situation of disease outbreaks and measures to be taken in order to help people actively prevent and deal with infection.

Those showing symptoms of dengue fever should be taken immediately to medical facilities for medical examination and treatment.

The Ministry of Education and Training should instruct its departments and educational institutions to mobilise teachers and students to actively participate in eradicating mosquitoes and mosquito larvae in the community. The Ministry of Finance was required to allocate sufficient funds for dengue fever prevention and control.

Assoc. Prof., Dr. Luong Ngoc Khue, Head of the MOH’s Department of Medical Examination and Treatment Management, affirmed that in Vietnam, dengue fever has decreased in recent years, with the infection rate per 100,000 people at 56.7, significantly lower than several other countries; the mortality rate (0.029) is the lowest compared to other countries in the region.

The ministry is deploying more comprehensive solutions in both disease prevention and treatment to reduce fatalities due to dengue fever. Since the beginning of this year, the MOH has directed localities to comprehensively carry out epidemic prevention and control activities, concentrating on killing mosquitoes and larvae, spraying mosquito repellents and handling more than 7,224 dengue fever outbreaks out of a total of 7,476 (96%) detected across the nation.