Seven working groups set up to handle flood consequences

Friday, 2020-10-30 11:35:13
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Houses submerged by flood water in Quang Tri province (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – The Ministry of Health (MoH) on October 29 decided to establish seven working groups to address post-flooding environmental issues, promote disease prevention, and offer nutrition consultation to seven central provinces which were hit by recent storms and floods.

The provinces are Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh.

Members of the groups include personnel from the General Department of Preventive Medicine, Health Environment Management Agency, Vietnam Food Administration, National Institute of Malariology Parasitology and Entomology, National Institute of Nutrition, and Nha Trang Pasteur Institute.

They will work together to assess the risk of infectious diseases and response ability of local health care system; and examine, supervise and support local medical workers and people in taking measures to tackle environmental issues, spraying insecticides, and sterilising water containers.

Besides, they will give nutrition advice to local people, particularly pregnant women, children and the elderly.

The MoH ordered health departments to join hands with heads of the working groups to outline plans for medical stations at grassroots level to prevent diseases after flooding.

A delegation from the Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Controlled by the committee’s deputy head, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong, visited the central provinces of Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh on October 29 to meet with local authorities and discuss efforts towards recovery from the damage caused by Storm Molave.

Speaking at meetings with officials of the two provinces, Minister Cuong spoke highly of the provinces’ efforts to respond to Storm Molave, especially the timely evacuation of residents from dangerous areas.

He requested the provinces focus all their resources on repairing houses, schools, and medical clinics.

The Government and the steering committee have mobilised all forces and the most modern vehicles in the search for the missing fishermen, the minister said, noting that the provinces should stay prepared as more storms are forecast to hit the central region.