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Ha Noi steps up efforts to curb dengue

Update: July, 24/2015 - 15:36
Healthcare workers are spraying mosquito-killer chemicals. —

HA NOI (VNS) — The capital city of Ha Noi has been increasing its efforts to prevent the spread of dengue fever.

Head of the General Department of Preventive Medicine Dr Tran Dac Phu said 362 cases of dengue fever have been reported in the city since early this year.

The number was three times more than in the same period last year, Phu said.

Most of the cases have been reported in the districts of Ha Dong, Hai Ba Trung and Thanh Tri. Ha Dong District has recorded 40 dengue cases.

The municipal authority has asked localities and relevant offices to co-operate with the healthcare sector to take measures to prevent the spread of the disease, such as cleaning the living environment, spraying mosquito repellents, and asking people using to mosquito nets while sleeping.

The healthcare sector should closely monitor the situation for quick detection of infections.

In Ha Dong District, where the epidemic is spreading, the local authority and people have been taking preventive action. However, there does not seem to be any fall in dengue cases in the district.

Healthcare workers in Ha Dong District said the risk of a new wave of the disease was still high.

The main reason for the situation was the low awareness of the people about the epidemic, Vu Van Len, a doctor, said.

In Tan Trieu Commune in Thanh Tri District, there are 35,000 residents, 100,000 of which are migrants.

As the number of migrants changed regularly, it was difficult to control the disease, Len said.

Most of the migrants thought they were living there only temporarily and were also not aware of the need to keep the environment clean, he said.

This allowed infectious diseases such as dengue fever to break out, the doctor said. — VNS

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