Dengue fever cases continue reducing

Spray chemical to kill mosquito larva (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Health is maximising efforts to prevent the spread of dengue fever, heard a meeting in Hanoi on August 17. According to head of the ministry’s Preventive Medicine Department Tran Dac Phu, the country has recorded 90,626 dengue infections since the beginning of 2017, a year-on-year rise of 67.8 percent, including 24 fatalities. The capital city of Hanoi is ranked second nationwide after the southern metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City in terms of infections, he said, noting that from January 1 to August 16, 2017, Hanoi recorded 17,027 dengue patients, seven of whom died. Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien ordered an increase of campaigns to spray chemicals to kill mosquito larva, especially at hospitals, schools and construction sites, as well as training courses for health workers on treating dengue fever for adults and children. She asked the Preventive Medicine Department along with the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology and the National Institute of Malariology Parasitology and Entomology to open more training courses on epidemiology for medical stations at grassroots levels. 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 fever of 39-40 degrees Celsius, lasting 2-7 days and with symptoms of headaches, tenderness and skin rashes should visit a hospital for diagnosis and treatment.-VNA …... [read more]

NDO – Against the complicated evolution of dengue fever, Hanoi has intensified measures to reduce the risk of the disease outbreak escalating and minimise the number of infections during hot and rainy weather. On Thursday morning, Hoang Trung Hai, Politburo member and Secretary of Hanoi municipal Party Committee, inspected dengue fever prevention and control activities in Hoang Mai district and Thanh Nhan Hospital. While visiting patients with dengue fever who are being treated at Thanh Nhan Hospital, Politburo member Hai highly appreciated the proactive efforts made by the hospital’s medical staff in providing timely treatment for the patients. Taking a field trip to the Hoang Mai district, Hai also inspected a construction site in Thinh Liet ward. According to the Hoang Mai leaders, since the beginning of the year, the district has had 2,483 people suffering from dengue fever - one of the areas with the largest number of dengue fever infections in Hanoi. The number of patients currently being treated in medical facilities is 315; while there have been 400 outbreaks, with 84 currently active, across 14 wards. The district has also implemented various forms of raising public awareness on disease prevention and control, while organising 29 campaigns on environmental sanitation and killing mosquito larvae in 14 wards, spraying chemicals in 11 wards, and undertaking a review of areas at high risk of dengue fever transmission in 14 wards. Giving a more detailed analysis on the dangers of dengue epidemics, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long emphasised that…... [read more]

As of August 8, the capital city reported 13,274 dengue infections, including five deaths (Illustrative image. Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Hanoi Department of Health is intensifying measures to reduce the number of fatalities caused by mosquito-borne dengue fever – which is likely to cause more infections due to hot and rainy weather. As of August 8, the capital city reported 13,274 dengue infections, including five deaths.  Director of the Hanoi’s Preventive Medicine Department Nguyen Nhat Cam said the fifth victim of the disease was a 36-year-old woman living in Hoang Mai. Precincts of Hoang Mai, Dong Da, Thanh Xuan, Ha Dong, Cau Giay, and Hai Ba Trung, and districts of Thanh Tri, Thanh Oai, Thuong Tin, and Hoai Duc made up 90 percent of cases. Given the risk of the disease outbreak expanding, the municipal health sector has stepped up measures to ensure the environment is hygiene, kill mosquito larva and focus on treatment of patients. The city has increased forces to prevent dengue across 269 communes and wards. From August 14 to the month’s end, the Preventive Medicine Department will spray chemical at the precincts of Dong Da and Hai Ba Trung, and some wards in Ba Dinh, and Hoan Kiem. 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]

Dengue patients are being treated at hospital (Illustrative image. Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Health Ministry will intensify the spraying of mosquito-killing chemicals in high-risk areas as the dengue fever epidemic shows signs of worsening, especially in Hanoi. At a meeting on combating dengue fever in Hanoi on August 10, Director of the Preventive Medicine Department Tran Dac Phu reported that 80,555 cases of dengue fever had been reported in the country so far this year with 24 deaths. More cases are expected as it is now the peak of the disease season.   Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien expressed concerns at the rising trend of dengue fever in Hanoi despite drastic efforts made by the health sector.   Hanoi ranks second after Ho Chi Minh City in the number of dengue patients with 13,900 cases as of August 9.   [Hanoi works to minimize dengue fatalities] The Preventive Medicine Department stressed that the main cause of the spread of dengue fever is the early arrival of summer this year with higher temperature and rainfalls than in previous years. The awareness about disease prevention among population and authorities is low due to the absence of the epidemic for years. The department has set up three mobile taskforces to deal with the dengue epidemic. The Health Ministry will send experts from the Central to help four Hanoi districts hardest hit by the epidemic and dispatch six teams to inspect…... [read more]

Of the newly-infected cases, several patients are students who contracted the disease in Ho Chi Minh City and then transmitted the deadly virus to others when travelling to the Central Highlands for summer holidays. The Health Ministry’s Preventive Medicine Department said close to 400 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospital. The rest are being quarantined and treated and are all in stable condition. The department warned of the transmission of A/H1N1 influenza among those who use means of public transport, particularly students as they have not been aware of the danger and the spread of the epidemic. Southern provinces, such as Khanh Hoa, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Lam Dong, Binh Duong, Dong Thap, Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc, Tay Ninh, and Long An have detected A/H1N1 cases among students studying in Ho Chi Minh City’s Ngo Thoi Nhiem and Nguyen Khuyen schools who came back home for summer vacation. In a telegram issued on July 25, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung asked the entire political system to take part in the fight against A/H1N1 flu as the disease showed initial signs of spreading into communities. The government leader required heads of ministries, ministerial-level agencies, government agencies, and cities and provinces to promptly carry out urgent measures to prevent A/H1N1 flu from spreading. He asked the media and other means of communication to raise public awareness of flu preventive measures so as to get the entire people involved in combating the disease. PM Dung asked the Health Minister to closely monitor…... [read more]

At the seminar, Dr Tran Dac Khu of the Health Ministry’s Preventive Medicine Department highlighted the significance of the project, saying that it not only equips people with practical knowledge on personal and environmental hygiene but also helps improve the quality of people’s lives by reducing the incidence of certain diseases. He also said that the dissemination of information on keeping personal hygiene to the entire people, particularly students, plays an important role in protecting community health while Vietnam is being hit by A/H1N1. The nation has 22 million students who will be good emissaries in spreading information on measures to curb the epidemic. According to the survey released at the seminar, between 12-15 percent of Vietnamese people have the habit of washing their hands with soap before meals and after going to the toilet, and only five percent of those caring for children wash their hands with soap before feeding babies.... [read more]

Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga, Head of the Preventive Medicine Department and spokesman for the Ministry of Health (MoH), said on January 12 that the measures include keeping the virus out of the country, tightening epidemic control and isolating flu victims on the spot. Improving people’s awareness of the dangers of the A/H1N1 virus is also seen as key to keeping the disease at bay. The MoH has listed suitable medications for victims during each phase, with Tamiflu being the most adaptable medicine. With available stocks of 1.2 million doses of A/H1N1 vaccine provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Vietnam has sufficient medicines to deal with the disease. Since the first case was recorded in Vietnam on May 30, 2009, the country has confirmed over 12,000 A/H1N1 patients, with 53 fatalities.... [read more]

Since the beginning of this year, four people have contracted A/H5N1 virus, causing one death. Over the weekend, the Environment and Preventative Medicine Department confirmed 2010’s first A/H5N1 patient in Hanoi. Vietnam has so far declared 116 A/H1N1 cases in 38 provinces and cities nationwide with 58 deaths since the country detected its first case on December 25, 2003. Dr Nguyen Huy Nga said that in remote areas, local people still slaughtered and ate meat from sick chickens. “This may cause the further spread of the disease,” he added. The Environment and Preventative Medicine Department has asked people to strictly observe the measures to prevent another outbreak of the epidemic. The department also stressed the need to tighten control of poultry transport, trading and slaughtering activities. Suspected cases have also been advised to go to the hospital for medical check up and timely treatment. Speaking at a recent national conference on bird flu prevention and control, Dr. Le Quynh Mai, head of the Virus Department of the National Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE), raised her concerns of genetic mutation in H1N1 virus. “At least seven antigen groups have appeared in the bird fu virus since it arrived in Vietnam,” she said. According to experts, the most effective measure to prevent the outbreak of the deadly disease is to promote information dissemination on the disease. However, there is the fact that the public awareness of the epidemic is still relatively low since the first occurrence of the epidemic seven years…... [read more]

This was estimated by Dr. Nguyen Thanh Long, Chief of the Health Ministry’s HIV/AIDS Control Department at a seminar discussing the training of health workers for the fight against HIV/AIDS in Hanoi on July 6. At present, health workers working in preventive medicine, including anti-HIV/AIDS work, number just 1,300 nationwide, or 21 in average for each province or city, Long said, underscoring the lack of human resources as a great challenge to the nation’s HIV/AIDS prevention and combat progamme to 2020. Dr. Tran Thanh Duong, Deputy Chief of the Health Ministry’s Preventive Medicine Department blamed insufficient investment in the field, including the lack of text books and training facilities, for the shortage of preventive health workers for HIV/AIDS programmes. He referred to the fact that only 13 medical schools nationwide provide training courses in this field, ranging from post-graduates to lab technicians, with about 250 graduates a year. Dr. Luu Ngoc Hoat, Deputy Head of the Hanoi Medical University, which has since 1994 carried out dozens of HIV/AIDS research and training programmes, agreed that preventive medicine lessons in his university lack coherent content and updates on real activities, causing difficult for students who are already burdened by heavy training curricula. The Health Ministry pledged that it will work out appropriate hospital-university training forms together with scholarships and mechanisms to encourage more students to go to preventive medicine and HIV to meet the nation’s needs in the field.... [read more]

The national flu monitoring system detected this case in April 2011. A two-year-old female baby in Long An province contracted the disease and was treated successfully at the Children’s Hospital No 1. in HCM City. The A/H3N2 flu virus she had originated from pigs. The test results of the HCMC Pasteur Institute were confirmed on January 10, 2012, by the WHO laboratory at the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since April 2011, the Vietnamese Ministry of Health has strengthened efforts for early detection and monitoring of any new cases of human infection, and has coordinated with the WHO Office in Vietnam to conduct epidemiological investigation into the country’s first case of A/H3N2 human infection. Vietnam has detected no further cases of A/H3N2 infection since April 2011. Given the outbreaks of bird flu in several localities, Dr Nguyen Thanh Duong, Vice Head of the Vietnam Preventive Medicine Department, recommends active prevention measures be taken to stop the flu transmitting from animals to humans He said local people should not eat the meat or blood of pigs or fowl that die without apparent reason, and should visit the nearest clinic as soon as possible if detecting any flu symptoms after contact with fowl or pigs. New strain of swine flu detected... [read more]