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Đồng Nai works to prevent dengue fever, Zika

Update: April, 20/2016 - 11:39
A medical staff instructs on mosquito and lavae prevention for residents in southern Đồng Nai Province. A campaign to destroy mosquitoes and their larvae was launched yesterday in the province to prevent the spread of dengue fever and the Zika virus. — VNA/VNS Photo Dương Ngọc

HCM CITY — A campaign to destroy mosquitoes and their larvae was launched yesterday in the southeast province of Đồng Nai to prevent the spread of dengue fever and the Zika virus.

Cao Trọng Ngưỡng, head of the provincial Preventive Health Centre, said the People’s Committee had allocated VNĐ1.8 billion (US$80,000) for the four-day campaign.

Under the campaign, health officials and health collaborators at communes and wards will visit each household to check for containers with mosquito larvae and guide residents in how to destroy them.

They will also encourage every household to maintain hygiene and refrain from throwing rubbish around their homes.

The centre will work with managers of industrial parks and military headquarters to spray chemicals, Ngưỡng said.

The province has had the highest number of dengue fever cases in the country as it has many industrial parks with thousands of people.

Dengue fever has not yet peaked in the province, he said, adding that no Zika cases had been recorded in the province.

A report from the centre shows that the province has had about 1,400 dengue fever cases since January, an increase of more than 26 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Of these, three people have died due to the disease, compared to two over the same period last year.

The centre will carry out three more campaigns, with total capital of more than VNĐ10 billion (US$444,444) by the end of the year. — VNS

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