|Health officials from Việt Nam, Laos and Cambodia discuss the complex developments of infectious diseases, especially avian flu, in the region and the world at a workshop in the central province of Thừa Thiên-Huế on Wednesday. — VNA/VNS Photo Tường Vi|Viet Nam News
THỪA THIÊN-HUẾ – Health officials from Việt Nam, Laos and Cambodia shared experience in fighting infectious diseases, especially avian flu, at a workshop in the central province of Thừa Thiên-Huế yesterday.
Highlighting the complex developments of infectious diseases in the region and the world, participants said co-operation between countries sharing borders is decisive in preventing the spread of diseases, helping ensure health security between the nations and public health.
Đặng Quang Tấn, deputy head of the Preventive Medicine Department under the Vietnamese Health Ministry, said Việt Nam, Laos and Cambodia have carried out a project on curbing infectious diseases funded by the Asian Development Bank, adding that the workshop forms part of the project.
Ly Sovann from the Cambodian Health Ministry said the three countries have conducted various activities to share information and protect public health.
Reporting a recent outbreak of H5N1 in Svay Rieng in Cambodia’s south-eastern region, he said after hearing about the incident the local health sector zoned off the area to stop the disease spreading.
Cambodia appreciates the support of Vietnamese agencies through the sharing of experience, information and skills, he noted, stressing that the three countries will continue to work together in controlling the diseases and improving public health.
According to the Health Ministry of Việt Nam, cases of dengue fever, malaria and hand-foot-mouth disease decreased in early 2017 with no deaths reported.
The number of fatalities caused by rabies contracted by 34 per cent compared with the same period last year. Six outbreaks of A/H5N1 were recorded among poultry while no human cases were reported recently. — VNS