|A doctor treats a dengue-fever patient in Khanh Hoa General Hospital. — Photo vnexpress.net
KHANH HOA (VNS) — Some 5,500 people have contracted dengue fever in central Khanh Hoa Province since early this year, five times higher than the total number of cases recorded last year.
Among the patients were two fatalities, the provincial Health Department said.
Head of Pasteur Nha Trang Institute Vien Quang Mai said the dengue-fever cases had jumped from 2,500 to 5,500 between September and November.
Controlling the situation had placed undue pressure on the local health sector, he said.
It also led to overloading at the local hospital, the department said.
The Khanh Hoa Hospital of Tropical Diseases is designed to hold 70 sick beds. It now needs an additional 60 beds but cannot meet the demand, officials have said.
According to the department, it is estimated that the hospital received nearly 200 dengue-fever patients in a single day at the peak of the disease's spread in the province.
Similarly, the tropical diseases hospital, the Ninh Hoa General Hospital, is equipped with 35 sick beds and has added another 60 beds to treat patients suffering from dengue fever.
The department predicted the province would have some 10,000 dengue-fever cases this year based on the current speed of the disease's spread.
The local authority has taken steps to bring the situation under control. The latest move was to organise a workshop, yesterday, to uncover solutions for the situation. — VNS