Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Vietnam - Localities asked to tighten Zika, dengue fever prevention
Authorities inspect implementation of dengue fever prevention measures in HCM City. — Photo http://t5g.org.vn
The Ministry of Health has asked provinces and cities to tighten the prevention of Zika virus and dengue fever nationwide, according to a document released yesterday.
The ministry suggested to localities that they strengthen their campaigns on killing mosquitoes and larvae in households and in the community.
Provincial health departments have been requested to tighten supervision for early detection of Zika and dengue fever cases for timely handling of outbreaks.
Hospitals and medical stations are required to prepare facilities and medicine for receiving and treating suspected Zika and dengue fever cases or patients in an effort to minimise fatalities.
Provincial information and communication departments have been asked to disseminate recommendations of the health ministry on mass media to strengthen the community’s awareness on the virus and dengue prevention.
The move has been made following Singapore’s rapidly increasing cases of the Zika virus in the last few days.
As of noon yesterday, there were 16 new cases, bringing the total number on the island to 258.
According to the World Health Organisation, as of August 28, the virus was found in 70 countries worldwide, including 11 countries where the dangerous virus had infected human beings.
Việt Nam also reported three cases while several foreigners were detected with the virus after travels to some Zika-affected areas, including Việt Nam.