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City inspection teams visit disease hotspots

Update: May, 23/2014 - 08:51
From the beginning of the year to May 16, the city's Preventive Medicine Division reported 2,809 dengue fever case and 3,470 hand, foot, and mouth cases. — VNA/VNS Photo

HCM CITY (VNS) — The deputy head of the HCM City Health Department, Nguyen Huu Hung, yesterday visited Thu Duc District to check for risks associated with dengue fever and hand, foot and mouth disease.

Risk was still high, particularly in residential areas with high rental density, Hung said.

Rubbish, including coconuts and disposable containers, which are home to mosquito larvae, were scattered around homes.

The peak season for the two diseases has arrived, so the department has set up four inspection teams to check all districts.

Hung said that the department's head and deputy head were leading each team.

From the beginning of the year to May 16, the city's Preventive Medicine Division reported 2,809 dengue fever case and 3,470 hand, foot, and mouth cases.

The districts of 8, Binh Chanh, Thu Duc and Binh Tan have had the highest number of cases.

However, the city saw a downward trend of dengue fever cases over the last three months, from 513 cases in March to 203 in May.

However, the upward trend could return as the rainy season would arrive soon, he said.

He said that it was important to disinfect areas and clear rubbish around residents' houses and sewerage.

Schools, especially kindergartens, should be disinfected carefully, especially to prevent the spread of hand, foot and mouth disease, he said.

Health centres in the city's wards and communes are providing free chloramine to residents for disinfectant use.

Hung said it was important for residents to disinfect their houses and keep everything clean, and wash their hands with soap to prevent hand, foot and mouth infection. — VNS

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