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Dengue fever rampant in central Khanh Hoa

Update: December, 15/2012 - 10:44

KHANH HOA (VNS)— The number of patients hospitalised with dengue fever had risen dramatically over the past few weeks in the southern central province of Khanh Hoa, according to the provincial Health Department.

On average, about 250 people were being hospitalised with the virus each week, said the department's deputy director Lam Quang Chinh.

The province has the highest rate of dengue patients in the central region at the moment.

In Khanh Hoa General Hospital's dengue fever treatment area, more beds have been bought in to accommodate the influx of patients.

Nguyen Dong, head of the hospital's Infection Ward, said they were working at more than double their capacity.

"Some patients have to lie in the corridor, making it difficult to treat them," Dong said.

The province has recorded more than 4,600 cases of dengue fever this year, and three people had died, according to statistics from the provincial Health Department.

Dong said that the number of cases had increased due to a lack of clean water. Local residents were forced to store water in buckets, and failed to destroy mosquito larvae.

Overcrowding is proving a problem in many local hospitals, particularly Ninh Hoa Town Hospital.

Director of the hospital Truong Phuoc An said the number of dengue fever patients was four times higher than the 30 beds available in the Infection Ward.

The hospital planned to set up tents and take advantage of other rooms in the hospital to treat dengue patients, he added.

To prevent the disease, the Khanh Hoa Department of Health has spread chemicals to kill mosquito larvae, and set up 10 mobile teams to supervise the situation.

The department is also trying to raise local people's awareness about the disease through the media. — VNS

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