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Focus to be directed on emerging diseases

Update: March, 26/2013 - 09:45
In many years, the preventive medicine staff is mostly known as a pandemic.—VNA/VNS Photo

HA NOI (VNS)— The preventive medicine sector aims to control and eliminate newly emerging diseases in 2013, said deputy health minister Nguyen Thanh Long at a conference in Ha Noi yesterday.

Viet Nam has recently reported a number of new transmitted diseases such as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), avian influenza H5N1 and swine flu H1N1, acute diarrhoea, foot-hand-mouth (FHM) and dengue fever, said a health official.

Director of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology Nguyen Tran Hien said that to fight such diseases, relevant authorities will focus on detecting diseases early and implementing more prevention efforts.

Hien attributed the new diseases to climate change, increases in population and fast urbanisation, drug resistance, poor personal hygiene and a lack of appropriate food safety practices.

Fatality and injury rates due to non-transmitted diseases have climbed up, as for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, heart, cancer and mental diseases, Hien added.

Hien suggested that the health sector strengthen the disease control system nation-wide.

Continuing to expand immunisation programmes as well as the availability of laboratories and testing units nation-wide would also help prevent future pandemics, he stressed.

According to the Ministry of Health, the sector has achieved remarkable results in disease prevention and control as evidenced by the lack of recent pandemics. — VNS

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