PM issues notice to prompt drastic measures against dengue

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]

Vietnam has reported a total 58,246 dengue fever cases so far this year, up 9.7% on-year, including 17 deaths. Vietnam has reported a total 58,246 dengue fever cases so far this year The information was given by Tran Dac Phu, head of the Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health.    The northern region has faced the rapid increase in dengue fever patients, which is attributed to the wet weather caused by heavy rains over the past month. Hoang Duc Hanh, deputy director of the Hanoi Health Department, since the beginning of this year, Hanoi has seen 6,699 dengue fever cases, including three deaths. Over the past two weeks, E Hospital in Hanoi has received around 80 dengue fever patients on average per day who come to for medical check-ups with 30 among those hospitalised. Bach Mai Hospital is providing treatment for a number of pregnant women who are infected with dengue fever, posting risks for both mother and their child. Meanwhile, HCM City has also reported the sharp rise of dengue fever patients. Dr. Nguyen Minh Tuan from Ho Chi Minh City Paediatrics Hospital 1, said that up to seven patients in the city died due to dengue fever. He added that over the past two months, around 90 patients were taken to HCM Paediatrics Hospital No 1 per week on average. So far this year, the hospital has received nearly 2,000 dengue fever cases. dtinews... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – With the rapid spread of dengue fever nationwide recently, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien yesterday requested hospitals be selective of inpatients and not to let them share beds. A medical staff sprays chemical to kill mosquito larvae in the inner Hai Ba Trung District of the capital city. — Photo: VNA/VNS  Central-level hospitals such as the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases, National Children’s Hospital and Bach Mai Hospital should classify patients to decide who should be hospitalised, she said during an online conference on disease prevention in the rainy season between Ha Noi and HCM City yesterday. “Avoid receiving everyone and overloading the hospitals, which might lead to negligence of severe patients and fatal consequences,” she said. “Those whose symptoms are less severe should be transferred to hospitals at lower levels,” she added. “The number of inpatients’ relatives staying at the hospitals should also be limited.” Some 60,000 dengue cases were recorded in 61 provinces and cities as of yesterday, causing deaths, Kinh te do thi (Economic and Urban Affairs) newspaper reported. 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 came third in the country – after HCM City and the central province of Da Nang – with 6,700 dengue patients, with three deaths. Roughly 90 per cent of those infected have recovered. Deputy director of Ha Noi’s health department Hoang Duc Hanh…... [read more]

Viet Nam Medi Pharm Expo is designed to promote trade activities in pharmacy and medical equipment. — Photo hn.medipharmexpo.com The Viet Nam Medi Pharm Expo 2017 will be held at the Sai Gon Exhibition and Convention Centre, HCM City, from August 17 to 19, 2017. This year, 250 businesses will be participating in the expo, including giant corporations and leading global companies from 22 countries and territories such as the US, Germany, France, Russia, Turkey, Republic of Korea, Japan, and China. The exhibition will focus on presenting medical and laboratory equipment, health care products, pharmaceuticals, functional foods, cosmetics, cosmetic equipment, processing machinery, pharmaceutical packaging products and dental and ophthalmic equipment. The highlight of the exhibition will be the Japanese booths with high-tech medical products, Indian booths with pharmaceuticals and laboratory equipment, and China’s display of toxic detectors, rapid diagnostic tests, electric saws, medical drills for orthopedic surgery and herbal medicines. In addition to trading activities among enterprises, the exhibition will also include a seminar "Introduction to Viet Nam’s Pharmacy and Medicine Market - Current regulations and policies” organised by the Ho Chi Minh Medical Equipment Association, in collaboration with the Viet Nam Drug Administration and Department of Medical Equipment and Health Works (Ministry of Health). Besides, the event covers a programme for foreign businesses to visit a large hospital in HCM City in order to get an overview of the medical examination and treatment needs of local residents. Viet Nam…... [read more]

The Taiwanese company will not be allowed to continue operating without ensuring environmental safety, Phuc said at a working session with authorities in the central province of Ha Tinh, the heads of FHS and relevant ministries and agencies. Before the meeting, the PM inspected waste treatment facilities and production lines of the FHS at Vung Ang economic zone to assess the company’s environmental recovery solutions following last year’s toxic spill from its plant that killed millions of fish off the coast of four provinces. PM Phuc asked FHS to apply advanced technology and modern equipment in production to deal with the environmental pollution. He said he believed FHS will uphold its responsibility and precent a recurrence of such incidents to avoid closure. FHS is the biggest foreign-invested project in Vietnam with a total investment capital of over US$11 billion, but it also caused the biggest environmental catastrophe in the country, Phuc said. He noted that FHS had accepted responsibility and taken measures to deal with the environmental impact. It has basically fixed 52 out of 53 environmental faults and installed a modern waste treatment system. He entrusted the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to install environmental supervision equipment and directly monitor the company’s environmental standards. Environmental test results will be publicised. The Ministry of Health was required to publicise quality standards for seafood at in Ha Tinh Province’s Ky Loi commune. Regarding the compensation of affected households, PM Phuc said the Government will continue allocating resources to create…... [read more]

The Taiwanese company will not be allowed to continue operating without ensuring environmental safety, Phuc said at a working session with authorities in the central province of Ha Tinh, the heads of FHS and relevant ministries and agencies. Before the meeting, the PM inspected waste treatment facilities and production lines of the FHS at Vung Ang economic zone to assess the company’s environmental recovery solutions following last year’s toxic spill from its plant that killed millions of fish off the coast of four provinces. PM Phuc asked FHS to apply advanced technology and modern equipment in production to deal with the environmental pollution. He said he believed FHS will uphold its responsibility and precent a recurrence of such incidents to avoid closure. FHS is the biggest foreign-invested project in Vietnam with a total investment capital of over US$11 billion, but it also caused the biggest environmental catastrophe in the country, Phuc said. He noted that FHS had accepted responsibility and taken measures to deal with the environmental impact. It has basically fixed 52 out of 53 environmental faults and installed a modern waste treatment system. He entrusted the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to install environmental supervision equipment and directly monitor the company’s environmental standards. Environmental test results will be publicised. The Ministry of Health was required to publicise quality standards for seafood at in Ha Tinh Province’s Ky Loi commune. Regarding the compensation of affected households, PM Phuc said the Government will continue allocating resources to create…... [read more]

A doctor is taking care of a dengue patient (Illustrative image. Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Drastic and synchronous measures are needed to control dengue fever outbreak in Vietnam, heard a teleconference on July 24. Director of the Preventive Medicine Department under the Ministry of Health Tran Dac Phu said Vietnam has recorded an annual average of 50,000-100,000 dengue fever cases in recent years, with 50-100 fatalities. In the first seven months of 2017, the country reported 58,888 cases. Of which, 50,496 were hospitalised, up 12.6 percent compared to the same period of 2016 and 17 deaths, up from 14. At present, 61 cities and provinces have recorded dengue infections, mostly in Hanoi, Thanh Hoa, Quang Nam, Binh Duong, Tra Vinh and Tay Ninh, he said. Given the situation, the health ministry has sent seven inspection teams to hotspots, launched campaigns to kill mosquito larva and opened treatment training courses for health workers, he added. Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien suggested increasing vigilance over diseases, including dengue fever, during and after the flood season. The main priority now is raising public awareness of dengue prevention and keeping the living environment clean, she said. Dengue fever is transmitted by mosquitoes carrying the virus. Its symptoms include high fever, headaches and joint aches, which can be confused with symptoms of other diseases. The disease has potentially dangerous complications such as shock, respiratory failure, coagulation, liver damage and altered mental status,…... [read more]




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