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Free rice sought for disease sufferers

Update: March, 18/2013 - 09:17

QUANG NGAI (VNS)— Central Quang Ngai Province has asked the Government to supply 1,000 tonnes of rice for people affected with a mysterious skin disease, according to Le Quang Thich, Deputy Chairman of the provincial People's Committee.

Meanwhile, the local committees of districts such as Ba To and Son Ha are allowed to use their budgets to supply rice for the families of the sick. The province will also support the cost of transferring patients from district to provincial hospitals.

According to the Department of Health, the disease, which causes dermatitis to hands and feet for no known reason, has affected 240 people in Ba To District, including 24 deaths, since April, 2011. After some months of waning, the disease returned last month, bringing 16 new cases. —VNS


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