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Three nations to tighten border health checks

Update: December, 05/2014 - 08:50

DA NANG (VNS) — Representatives from Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia yesterday said that there was poor co-operation between bordering provinces on controlling diseases.

At a conference on fighting infectious diseases in the three countries, Dang Quang Tuan, deputy head of the Ministry of Health's Department of Preventive Medicine, said more co-operation and information sharing were needed.

Ngu Duy Nghia from the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, said the 27 quarantine stations along the more than 3,000km of borders could not control outbreaks of disease.

Greater trade and travel between countries in the region also helped spread diseases and epidemics, he said.

Phan Cong Hung from Ho Chi Minh Pasteur Institute said the language barrier was the biggest hindrance in controlling infectious diseases, adding that quarantine facilities at some border ports were poor.

The three countries agreed to set up compulsory quarantine on 14 diseases, including dengue fever, the Ebola virus and influenza caused by virus strains A/H5N1 and A/H7N9, Black Death (Yersinia pestis). — VNS

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