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City targets dengue, hand-foot-mouth disease prevention

Update: July, 07/2011 - 09:53

HCM CITY— The HCM City Department of Health yesterday asked preventive medicine centres in the city districts to continue administering measures to prevent hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFM) and dengue fever.

Districts were expected to continue to work with local authorities to inform the public about decontaminating floors and children's toys in the house as well as washing hands, said Le Truong Giang, the department's deputy head.

The districts were also responsible for talking to residents and finding out if they know how to use the disinfectant chloramine B, he added.

Health centres provided chloramine B for free, and sold other disinfectants, he said.

The department would also assist district preventive medicine centres as the number of dengue fever cases has increased, Giang said.

The City Preventive Medicine Centre will spray chemicals to destroy mosquitoes at large hospitals in the city, and the districts' centres will work with local authorities to encourage residents to destroy places where mosquitoes gather.

In the last three weeks, the number of cases of HFM disease has fallen but dengue fever has shown sign of increasing in some districts, according to the City Preventive Medicine Centre.

Nguyen Dac Tho, the centre's deputy head, said the number of children infected with HFM disease in June was 2,093.

In the first six months of this year, 4,770 children contracted HFM, an increase of 2.9 times over the same period last year. Of those, 17 children died.

However, since the beginning of this month, no children have been reported with HFM disease, Tho said.

The number of patients with dengue fever in June was 887, an increase of 369 cases over May.

In the first six months of this year, 4,715 patients contracted dengue fever, double the figure during the same period last year. Two of them died, Tho said. — VNS

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