|The Lộc Trì No 1 Primary School in the central province of Quảng Trị was flooded and students must quit school. — VNA/VNS Photo Hồ Cầu|
HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Health (MoH) has sent a letter to directors of health departments in some provinces and cities asking them to ensure personal and environmental hygiene and prevent diseases amid typhoons.
The letter was sent after heavy rains last Friday caused serious landslides and flooding from Quảng Bình central province to Phú Yên central province. Health experts warned the floods will lead to pollution and disease break outs.
The MoH asked local health departments to instruct residents on personal and environmental hygiene, food safety and disposing the bodies of dead animals.
Provinces and cities were told to repair damaged areas after the flooding, and to spray chemical substances after burying dead animals to prevent infectious diseases.
Medical workers were told to get ready to support the grassroots level medical stations when they are in need, with the risk of diseases heightened.
Meanwhile, the provincial medical sector must supply enough medicines, chemical substances and equipment to serve disease prevention and control in areas affected by flooding.
Local residents were advised to regularly clean their basins, wells and personal items. — VNS