Deputy PM asks for close watch on dengue fever

In only three months, nearly 80 children under 15 including a 6.5-month-old boy from Khoái Châu Commune, Hưng Yên Province were diagnosed with genital warts, a sexually transmitted infection. A doctor treats a patient at the Thanh Nhàn General Hospital in Hà Nội.-VNA/VNS Photo Dương Ngọc Doctors warn that using the same unsterilised gloves or medical instruments on several patients may spread germs and diseases can spread in clinics and hospitals. The more patients, the greater chance of infection A 2014 measles outbreak in Hà Nội killing 150 children was an example of infections in a hospital. On April 17, 2014, alone there were 33 child patients transferred from other departments for measles treatments to the Hà Nội National Children Hospital, with six times that number infected. Respiratory diseases such as measles, flu or tuberculosis spread the easiest. It is also possible for contagious diseases like hepatitis or HIV to spread via gloves used for different patients, according to Nguyễn Trọng Khoa, Deputy Head of Department of Medical Examination and Treatment Management under the Ministry of Health. “The more patients, the greater chance to be infected. It is vital that doctors rinse their hands after having contact with patients”, he added. One pair of gloves for several patients “Wearing gloves means doctors are not afraid to touch wounds. Therefore, they may transfer germs or viruses to other patients if still using the same…... [read more]

As dengue spreads its tentacles in many nations, the Southeast Asian country worst hit of the disease; accordingly, the PM sent his dispatch to request strengthen dengue prevention task. Vietnam is in the grip of dengue, the mosquito-borne viral fever that causes high fever, muscle and joint pain, and death from shock. Municipal and provincial people’s committees must encourage residents to drastically implement mosquito-killing campaigns especially in construction sites and renting houses. Health sector must supervise closely the disease development and early detect outbreaks of dengue to handle and provide timely treatment. Related agencies and local administrations must increase supervision in “hot spots” in the area as well as impose penalties on individuals and organizations which have not adopted disease preventative measures as per the regulations. Chairpersons of people’ committee in cities and provinces will have to bear responsibility to the Prime Minister for dengue prevention task. The PM also urged the Ministry of Health to prepare enough equipment and medicine to reduce mortality rate as well as increase information to local residents so that they take heed to the disease and go to infirmaries when experiencing illness. The Ministry of Education and Training must encourage teachers and students to partake in mosquito-killing campaigns in the family and the community.By PHAN THAO – Translated by UYEN PHUONG... [read more]

As dengue spreads its tentacles in many nations, the Southeast Asian country worst hit of the disease; accordingly, the PM sent his dispatch to request strengthen dengue prevention task. Vietnam is in the grip of dengue, the mosquito-borne viral fever that causes high fever, muscle and joint pain, and death from shock. Municipal and provincial people’s committees must encourage residents to drastically implement mosquito-killing campaigns especially in construction sites and renting houses. Health sector must supervise closely the disease development and early detect outbreaks of dengue to handle and provide timely treatment. Related agencies and local administrations must increase supervision in “hot spots” in the area as well as impose penalties on individuals and organizations which have not adopted disease preventative measures as per the regulations. Chairpersons of people’ committee in cities and provinces will have to bear responsibility to the Prime Minister for dengue prevention task. The PM also urged the Ministry of Health to prepare enough equipment and medicine to reduce mortality rate as well as increase information to local residents so that they take heed to the disease and go to infirmaries when experiencing illness. The Ministry of Education and Training must encourage teachers and students to partake in mosquito-killing campaigns in the family and the community.By PHAN THAO – Translated by UYEN PHUONG... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked relevant ministries, agencies and localities to strengthen preventive measures against the spread of dengue fever, noting that it has developed in a “complicated manner” in many countries, including Viet Nam. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked relevant ministries, agencies and localities to strengthen preventive measures against the spread of dengue fever, noting that it has developed in a “complicated manner” in many countries, including Viet Nam. —  Photo: VNA/VNS Some 58,000 dengue cases have been recorded in 61 provinces and cities of Viet Nam since the beginning of the year, resulting in causing 17 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health’s Department of Preventive Medicine. Some 55,000 patients have been hospitalised in the first seven months of this year, an increase of 12.6 per cent compared to the same period of last year. The capital city is third in the country – after HCM City and the central province of Da Nang – with 6,700 dengue patients and three deaths. About 90 per cent of people infected have recovered. The PM asked local administrations to mobilise people to kill mosquito larvae, closely monitor the development of the disease and effectively handle any new outbreak of dengue fever. He said dengue patients should receive timely treatment, and inspection and supervision of high risk areas should be stepped up. He directed the health ministry to guide and monitor dengue fever in all localities, train medical workers in dengue fever diagnosis and…... [read more]

In his recent notice on dengue control, the PM asked the People’s Committees of all cities and provinces to assign lower-level governments tasks to prevent the disease in their areas, intensify inspections at high-risk locations and penalise individuals and organisations that fail to take precautions. Notably, he urged increased control of mosquitoes at construction sites and boarding houses which aren’t cleaned regularly, good conditions for mosquito larvae development. The Ministry of Health was assigned to detect sources of infections, take preventive measures and provide training for healthcare workers on treating the disease.  The Ministry of Information and Communications and media agencies were asked to coordinate with the Ministry of Health to update the public on disease development and precautions. There are outbreaks of dengue fever in many countries, including Vietnam where more than 58,000 cases have been reported since the beginning of 2017, with some 49,000 people hospitalised – an increase of 11.2% from the same period last year – and 17 deaths, the notice said. Dengue hotspots include HCM City, Hanoi, 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, it added. Dengue fever is a viral infection transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no specific treatment for dengue and vaccination options are limited. Patients who develop a sudden high fever of 39-40 degrees Celsius, lasting 2-7 days…... [read more]

In his recent notice on dengue control, the PM asked the People’s Committees of all cities and provinces to assign lower-level governments tasks to prevent the disease in their areas, intensify inspections at high-risk locations and penalize individuals and organizations that fail to take precautions. Notably, he urged increased control of mosquitoes at construction sites and boarding houses which aren’t cleaned regularly, good conditions for mosquito larvae development.   Spraying chemicals to eradicate mosquito and larva. Photo for illustration The Ministry of Health was assigned to detect sources of infections, take preventive measures and provide training for healthcare workers on treating the disease. The Ministry of Information and Communications and media agencies were asked to coordinate with the Ministry of Health to update the public on disease development and precautions. There are outbreaks of dengue fever in many countries, including Vietnam where more than 58,000 cases have been reported since the beginning of 2017, with some 49,000 people hospitalized – an increase of 11.2 percent from the same period last year – and 17 deaths. Dengue hotspots include HCM City, Hanoi, 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. Dengue fever is a viral infection transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no specific treatment for dengue and vaccination options are limited. Patients who develop a sudden high fever of 39-40 degrees…... [read more]

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…... [read more]

As Vietnam continues to report rising numbers of dengue fever infections, experts warn that virus-carrying mosquitoes in the country may have developed a resistance to insecticides. Despite being months away from traditional dengue fever seasons, Hanoi is already reporting between 1,000 and 2,000 new infections on a weekly basis. In total, the number of patients diagnosed with the mosquito-borne disease in the Vietnamese capital this year is ten times higher than the same period of 2016. The trend is countrywide. So far, 26 out of 63 provinces and cities in Vietnam have reported a higher number of dengue patients year-on-year. Insecticide resistance A number of families in Hanoi have reported seeing the re-population of mosquitoes in their neighborhood just a few days after insecticides were sprayed as a public effort to combat the dengue fever. This observation has given rise to concerns that the local mosquito population might have developed a resistance to certain chemicals. Tran Nhu Duong, director of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, said the two main chemicals used in public campaigns to kill off mosquitoes in Hanoi are still largely effective against the insect. However, in parts of Thanh Tri and Hai Ba Trung Districts, there have been signs of resistance development in the mosquitoes, Duong noted. Duong suggested using different chemicals in these areas for better results. According to Duong, spraying insecticides should only be carried out at the peak of the outbreak…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Pham Manh Duy, 35, a resident of Ha Noi’s Nam Tu Liem District, can’t be bothered with getting a health insurance card. It takes too much time to get a health examination with the card, and Duy, as a casual labourer can’t afford it. It takes about three hours and a half to get a health examination. One has to show the health insurance card together with a personal paper, wait for one’s turn, have the doctors conduct the examination, take medicines, if any, and queue up to get the card back. “And since 2015, it has become even more difficult for me to buy the card because we can get one only when the whole family gets them,” Duy said. Duy’s wife, another casual labourer, lives in their hometown in northern province of Ha Nam, which means that he must apply for a certificate from local authorities to register for health insurance cards for his family in the capital city. “It will take me at least one day to complete all of the procedures, and then wait for at least 30 days for the cards. I’m just too busy to earn my living,” he told Viet Nam News. “My wife and I are young and healthy and the cards are not necessary,” he said. Duy and his wife are among nearly 20 million Vietnamese who haven’t bought health insurance cards, and therefore, the one’s most affected by the recent upward revision in medical fees. The Health…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has asked authorities to take more drastic measures to rectify the late disbursement of investment capital for public projects, given that less than one-fourth of the funds has been disbursed. Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has asked authorities to take more drastic measures to rectify the late disbursement of investment capital for public projects, given that less than one-fourth of the funds has been disbursed. - VNA/VNS Photo The PM said the heads of agencies and localities will have to take responsibility for such delays. Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tiến Dũng conveyed the PM’s directive at a meeting on Tuesday between the PM Working Group and leaders of 13 ministries and provinces reporting slow disbursement of public investment in 2017. If the disbursement is not improved by October, the PM will consider transferring the funds to other ministries and localities, Dũng warned. He noted that slow disbursement of public investment leads to a bottleneck in national economic growth, adding that absent an urgent solution to accelerate the disbursement, economic growth will suffer and public debt will grow. Dũng added that slow disbursement of public investment was due in large part to lack of proper direction by heads of ministries and localities, in addition to inadequacies of related procedures, slow land clearance and limited capacity of project contractors. The PM will directly inspect a…... [read more]




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