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Bach Mai hospital saves life of baby with measles

Update: March, 22/2014 - 21:11
Dang Truc Mai and her mother. -- Photo anninhthudo. vn

 by Thanh Hai

HA NOI (VNS) – The Bach Mai General Hospital's paediatrics faculty has saved the life of a three-month-old girl, the hospital's second-youngest measles patient, who was discharged from the hospital on March 20.

The baby, Dang Truc Chi from Thanh Tri District in Ha Noi, was brought to the hospital one month ago with symptoms of measles, such as high fever, a rash, a serious cough and sniffling.

The faculty director, Nguyen Tien Dung, said that measles had attacked her lungs and destroyed her immune system.

"That's why the baby was given emergency aid with a respiration machine, an antibiotic injection and an antibody containing drugs and Vitamin A," explained Dung.

"The condition of the girl has improved after one month of treatment. She can now breathe normally and breastfeed," added Dung.

Her three-year-old brother was hospitalised the same day with measles. He was, however, discharged one week ago as his condition was not very serious. Both Chi and her brother haven't been vaccinated against measles yet, while their mother has been given the vaccine.

Dung added that his faculty had recently seen many cases of children under one with measles.

Dung said that parents should vaccinate their children against measles as that was the best way to prevent the disease. Children who show symptoms of measles should be brought to the hospital without delay to enable close supervision.

Previously, the hospital had received a 24-day-old baby with measles. However, the baby's case was not severe, and it was discharged from the hospital a few days later.

The Ha Noi Health Department has reported a total of 347 measles cases from 296 of the 577 communes and wards of the city since the beginning of 2014. The disease mainly affects children under the age of two and those who have not been vaccinated. –VNS


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