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Authorities launch vaccine investigation

Update: September, 03/2013 - 09:39

HCM CITY(VNS)— The Preventive Medicine Department and health inspectors are set to carry out a thorough investigation into the use of vaccines and other biological products in six provinces and cities by September.

At a conference held last Thursday in HCM City by the Ministry of Health, Ass Prof Dr Tran Dac Phu, the department's deputy head, called on institutes of hygiene and epidemiology and the Pasteur Institute's branches in provinces and cities to verify if vaccination procedures are followed.

No more than 50 children should be vaccinated in a shift to ensure there is reasonable time to counsel parents and children should be held back for 30 minutes after vaccination to ensure safety, he said.

Disease prevention would continue to be strengthened to reduce incidence, he said.

There was a drop in the incidence of hand, foot and mouth disease, dengue fever, malaria, and rabies in the first six months, but the incidence of swine flu increased, he said.

Swine flu caused by the H3N2 virus is seeing an upward trend around the country, he said.

Deputy Minister of Health Pham Le Tuan said his ministry has been working on gradually easing the load on hospitals by increasing investment in building more new hospitals and expanding some of the existing ones.

The ministry aims to have 13,623 health facilities in the country by the end of this year and 13,645 next year.

Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said the capacity of grassroots medical facilities has improved thanks to measures like developing satellite hospitals and sending doctors and transferring technology from city and central hospitals to grassroots clinics. — VNS


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