Rainy season triggers disease outbreaks

Indonesia’s Health Minister Nila Moeloek (Source: antaranews) Jakarta (VNA) – Indonesia and Japan have agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in health services and human resource development. The agreement was reached at a meeting between Indonesia’s Health Minister Nila Moeloek and Japanese Minister of Health, Manpower and Welfare Yasuhisa Shiozaki on July 16 on the sidelines of the ASEAN-Japan Health Ministers’ Meeting on Universal Health Coverage and Population Ageing in Tokyo. The two ministers reached a consensus on exchanging expertise, experience and programmes to improve health services. Currently, Indonesia and Japan have a wide range bilateral cooperation under the Indonesia-Japan Economic Partnership (I-JEPA) as well as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The cooperation includes exchange of experts, research, and human resource development in the health sector. Under the I-JEPA, 593 nurses and 1,199 care givers from Indonesia have been trained in Japan and worked for some hospitals and nursing homes in the country. Every year, Japan has provided training for 500 Indonesian nurses in the country. Moeloek said that the government will need to further explore the opportunities to increase cooperation in paramedics recruitment, human resource development, health services, health information technology and disease prevention. The cooperation is expected to open more chances for Indonesian nurses to participate in the training and to work in Japan, and to increase the number of Indonesian health experts studying in Japan, she added.-VNA... [read more]

The Ministry of Health (MoH) is taking drastic measures to prevent and control dangerous infectious diseases spurred by extreme weather conditions. Spraying chemical to prevent dengue fever in Hoai Duc district, Hanoi. The MoH is taking drastic measures to control dangerous infectious diseases caused by extreme weather conditions. At a press conference held in Hanoi on July 13, director of the ministry’s General Department of Preventive Medicine Tran Dac Phu said that 145 groups were set up to inspect the disease prevention work in localities and a campaign to kill mosquito larvae was launched in 39 cities and provinces across the country.  The health sector will promote supervision and early detection of disease outbreaks while giving timely treatment to patients to prevent infections. Along with increasing the number of people receiving vaccines, especially encephalitis and rabies vaccine injections, the sector also works to diversify supply sources to ensure sufficient vaccines. The MoH recommends local people ensure food safety and hygiene, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and promote hand washing with soap to prevent virus-based diseases. Parents must have their children vaccinated enough as scheduled. Summer always sees complex developments of infectious diseases such as influenza, dengue fever, rabies and hand-foot-mouth diseases. According to a report from the General Department of Preventive Medicine, the country recorded over 45,000 cases of dengue fever in the first six months of the year, up 0.3 percent year-on-year. A high rate of dengue fever was recorded in Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Binh…... [read more]

Spraying chemical to prevent dengue fever in Hoai Duc district, Hanoi. The MoH is taking drastic measures to control dangerous infectious diseases caused by extreme weather conditions. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Health (MoH) is taking drastic measures to prevent and control dangerous infectious diseases spurred by extreme weather conditions. At a press conference held in Hanoi on July 13, director of the ministry’s General Department of Preventive Medicine Tran Dac Phu said that 145 groups were set up to inspect the disease prevention work in localities and a campaign to kill mosquito larvae was launched in 39 cities and provinces across the country. The health sector will promote supervision and early detection of disease outbreaks while giving timely treatment to patients to prevent infections. Along with increasing the number of people receiving vaccines, especially encephalitis and rabies vaccine injections, the sector also works to diversify supply sources to ensure sufficient vaccines. The MoH recommends local people ensure food safety and hygiene, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and promote hand washing with soap to prevent virus-based diseases. Parents must have their children vaccinated enough as scheduled. Summer always sees complex developments of infectious diseases such as influenza, dengue fever, rabies and hand-foot-mouth diseases. According to a report from the General Department of Preventive Medicine, the country recorded over 45,000 cases of dengue fever in the first six months of the year, up 0.3 percent year-on-year. A high rate…... [read more]

At a press conference held in Hanoi on July 13, director of the ministry’s General Department of Preventive Medicine Tran Dac Phu said that 145 groups were set up to inspect the disease prevention work in localities and a campaign to kill mosquito larvae was launched in 39 cities and provinces across the country. The health sector will promote supervision and early detection of disease outbreaks while giving timely treatment to patients to prevent infections. Along with increasing the number of people receiving vaccines, especially encephalitis and rabies vaccine injections, the sector also works to diversify supply sources to ensure sufficient vaccines.  The MoH is taking drastic measures to prevent and control dangerous infectious diseases. The MoH recommends local people ensure food safety and hygiene, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and promote handwashing with soap to prevent virus-based diseases. Parents must have their children vaccinated enough as scheduled. Summer always sees complex developments of infectious diseases such as influenza, dengue fever, rabies and hand-foot-mouth diseases. According to a report from the General Department of Preventive Medicine, the country recorded over 45,000 cases of dengue fever in the first six months of the year, up 0.3 percent year-on-year. A high rate of dengue fever was recorded in Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Binh Duong, Hanoi, Dong Nai, An Giang, Dong Thap and Khanh Hoa. As many as 367 people contracted viral encephalitis, of whom ten died in the period, up 0.8 percent in…... [read more]

NDO – The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held a conference in Hanoi on July 12, with the aim of strengthening the One Health Cooperation scheme in Vietnam, in line with the National One Health Strategic Plan (OHSP) during 2016-2020 against animal-human transmission. The One Health initiative on the prevention and control of animal-to-human disease, with the participation of 27 domestic and international agencies and organisations, was launched on March 1, 2016, aimed at strengthening coordination in implementing the OHSP in Vietnam. Accordingly, the OHSP provides a five-year plan framework, which aims to improve the capacity of the health system to minimise the impact on human health and other effects caused by animal-to-human transmission. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam affirmed that the OHSP continues to focus on capacity building on animal-originated disease control, the control of influenza viruses and animal-to-human diseases with a high risk of transmission. The plan will assist the Government of Vietnam in the prevention of rabies, antibiotic resistance and other communicable diseases among animals and humans. Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said that the complex changes in the global environment and the emergence of dangerous diseases, especially those transmitted from animals to humans, are the threats to human health. More than 70% of human infections are detected to be of animal origin. Accordingly, the deputy minister emphasised the need to strengthen international cooperation to create synergy and mobilise financial resources and…... [read more]

The vaccination programme for children meets the basic requirements of quality and safety, the Preventive Health Department of the Health Ministry said on Monday. Children are given rubella vaccines in Thai Nguyen Province.  The confirmation follows recent social media posts urging parents to boycott vaccination with baseless information that it causes autism and epilepsy in children. The information caused many parents to panic and completely avoid vaccinations. All vaccines pass a strict evaluation process to ensure safety and quality. However, like other drugs, vaccines do not ensure absolute safety, an official of the department said. Vaccines introduce antigens into the body to induce an immune response, which varies from person to person. Regular side-effects include light fever, swelling or pain at the injection site. The symptoms usually disappear within 24 hours. However, some children have had strong reactions such as high fever, convulsions, anaphylactoid shock, and even death. These were specific reactions to vaccines but do not reflect on their quality, the official said. Therefore, highlighting results of fatal cases must be carefully and scientifically analysed by doctors and specialists to avoid any misunderstandings and lead to a negative impact on the community’s health, he said. In Viet Nam, the national vaccination programme has achieved progress and helped change disease patterns in children. As a result, polio and newborn tetanus were eliminated in 2000 and 2005, respectively. However, the risks of diseases were still high and vaccination was very important to maintain the achievements. The Law on Infectious Disease Prevention…... [read more]

Ho Chi Minh City needs to monitor infectious diseases and take measures to prevent cross-infections, avoiding a large-scale outbreak, a health official has said. Ho Chi Minh City asked to keep track of disease developments Director of the Ministry of Health’s Preventative Medicine Department  Tran Dac Phu made the request during a field-trip to HCM City on July 5 to inspect disease prevention work in the locality. According to the municipal Department of Health, the city recorded 9,141 dengue fever cases in the last two quarters, up 11 percent against the same period last year, with three fatalities. The city also had 21 cases of Zika virus infection, 13 of whom were pregnant women. A total of 2,032 hand-foot-mouth disease patients were also reported in the city in the period.  Along with the increase of diseases, overloading in hospitals also poses difficulties for the municipal health sector. Phu said hospitals are likely to face high risk of cross-infections, and if the situation lasts, overloading in hospitals will become more severe. Phu attributed the complicated development of diseases in HCM City to climate change and population shifts.  He asked agencies to prepare for emergency situations. Meanwhile, Director of the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City Phan Trong Lan said mosquitoes are the main infectious agent of contagious diseases such as dengue fever, Zika virus-related diseases and Japanese encephalitis. The municipal authority should prepare solutions to the issue, focusing on killing mosquitoes and mosquito larvae, raising awareness of locals and calling…... [read more]

NDO – The combination of advanced technology with simple treatment, associated with prevention and close cooperation from central to local levels in promoting public awareness and implementing professional solutions help ease overloading in the treatment of lung disease and tuberculosis despite the number of patients having tripled over the past few years. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam stressed that this valuable experience should be analysed, studied and expanded in the health system, not only to solve overloading in hospitals but more importantly to promote the positive results of the grassroots healthcare system and preventive medicine network. Speaking at a ceremony to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Central Lung Hospital on July 2, the deputy PM highly appreciated the efforts, enthusiasm, professionalism and great responsibility of doctors, nurses and health workers in the prevention of tuberculosis and pulmonary diseases, making an important contribution to Vietnamese healthcare. As a specialised unit of tuberculosis and lung disease treatment established in 1957, the Central Lung Hospital is a core unit in implementing the two parallel tasks of medical examination and treatment in addition to the National Programme on Tuberculosis, as well as participating in activities related to the two indispensable specialties – tuberculosis and lung diseases. The 800-bed hospital has developed rapidly, becoming a leading specialist in tuberculosis and lung disease treatment and mastering complex modern techniques such as lung cancer treatment or lung transplants, while performing technical and professional direction for lower levels and hosting the tuberculosis programme…... [read more]

VRC, the Ministry of Health, the General Political Department and the Central Young Physician Association yesterday held a press brief on the charity treatment and community healthcare program 2017 themed “Join hand for the community health” The activity will be performed in the country with the goal that at least one million of needy people and social welfare beneficiaries will be provided examination, treatment and medicine gratis.  The program will be carried out from January, 1 to December 31, 2017. The program will focus on free treatment and medications, healthcare consultation, detecting people with serious illness to transfer them to big hospitals for timely treatment, disease prevention guidance, raising people’s awareness of health. In addition, the organizers will give gifts to disadvantaged families. Especially, from July 1 to 31 to mark the 70th  anniversary of the Vietnam War Invalids and Martyrs Day, (July 27), the program will be performed in 63 cities and provinces to hand over free medicines and primary health care to local people.  The central management board asked the organizers to pay more attention on practical activities such as giving free healthcare, gifts and charity houses to families of wounded soldiers, martyrs, families which served in the country’s revolution and the Vietnamese Heroic Mothers in Hanoi, the central provinces of Nghe An, Phu Yen, the northern provinces of Son La, Phu Tho, Hai Duong, the central highlands province of Gia Lai, and the southern provinces of Dong Nai, Tien Giang and…... [read more]

Phnom Penh (VNA) – The 2st ASEAN-the Republic of Korea (RoK) Dialogue took place in Cambodia’s Siem Reap province on June 22-23. The dialogue aimed to discuss cooperation between the two sides and prepare for the ASEAN-RoK Ministers Meeting slated for August and the 19th ASEAN-RoK Summit in November.  Delegates at the event affirmed the significance of the ASEAN-RoK strategic partnership to development of each side as well as peace, stability, prosperity and connectivity in East Asia.  With the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community at the end of 2015 and rapid economic growth rate in recent years, ASEAN has become the RoK’s second largest trade partner, they said.  Through such frameworks as the ASEAN-Korea Free Trade Agreement and the Action Plan during 2016-2020, the two sides set to raise their trade value to 200 billion USD by 2020.  RoK Deputy Foreign Minister Lee Jeong-kyo said that the new Korean administration continues to attach importance to ASEAN and support the ten-member group in promoting its central role in regional cooperation and connectivity.  The RoK pledges to continue participating in and making active contributions to major ASEAN forums like the East-Asia Summit (EAS), the ASEAN Regional Forum, the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM ) and the Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum (EAMF).  At the dialogue, ASEAN countries noted their wish that the RoK will expand its investment and business in the ASEAN market and support their micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises.  The two…... [read more]




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