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City urges anti-disease drive

Update: July, 04/2014 - 09:09
Nguyen Tri Dung asks the the centre's branches in city districts to pay more attention to sanitary control at private kindergartens and family-based childcare facilities. — Photo t4ghcm.org.vn     

HCM CITY — The Preventive Health Centre of HCM City has urged all city districts to take measures to prevent the spread of dengue fever, measles, hand-foot-mouth disease and Japanese encephalitis.

Nguyen Tri Dung, the centre's head, said the number of patients with dengue fever declined to 340 in June from 389 in May, but the upcoming peak of the rainy season would create favourable conditions for more cases to occur.

Speaking at a meeting between the Health Department and its district health centres held yesterday in the city, Dung said the number of dengue fever cases had fallen in the first six months by 12.5 per cent compared to the same period last year.

However, he said that districts should be prepared to use strict vector management in areas with a high risk of dengue fever.

The city also saw a decline in the number of hand-foot-and-mouth cases, from 1,018 in May to 933 in June. However, for the first half of the year, the number of cases rose by 5 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Dung asked the centre's branches in city districts to pay more attention to sanitary control at private kindergartens and family-based childcare facilities.

The number of measles cases also fell, to 253 in June from 589 in May.

The city is continuing its measles vaccination campaign for children under the age of 10 until the end of this month.

The campaign starting on May 16 has provided 64,326 shots to children.

The city also plans to carry out a Japanese encephalitis vaccination campaign for children aged one to five in an aim to prevent a disease outbreak, which occurred in Ha Noi a few months ago. — VNS

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