HCM CITY — With the number of hand-foot-and-mouth (HFMD) infections rising, HCM City last Saturday launched a campaign to raise public awareness.
The campaign aims to raise public awareness on preventive measures to control outbreak of the disease through television and radio broadcasts, newspaper announcements and brochures delivered to households.
The message will also be spread through cars that will ply the streets publicising preventive measures.
Medical personnel will work with schools in the city to encourage teachers and students to maintain hygiene.
The campaign is being carried out by the municipal People's Committee in coordination with the Department of Health and Centre for Health Education and Communication.
As of March 21, around 1,530 HFMD cases were detected in the city, with one death, said Nguyen Tan Binh, deputy director of the city's Department of Health.
The number of infected children would continue to surge over the next few months, Binh said.
Residents – particularly children under five years of age – in highly populated areas with poor hygiene had been hit hardest with the deadly virus, he said.
"Because there is no vaccine or antiviral agent available, following good hygiene practices such as washing hands regularly and disinfecting surrounding areas are the best ways to prevent the disease from spreading," he added.
The disease killed 11 people and infected more than 12,400 others in the first ten weeks of the year, seven times higher than the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Health. — VNS