|About 17,410 hand, foot and mouth infections and two related deaths have been reported since the beginning of this year. Around 83.5 per cent of the cases have been reported from southern Viet Nam.— Photo vietq
HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday urged ministries and localities to strengthen measures to prevent and control the spread of the hand, foot and mouth disease and dengue.
About 17,410 hand, foot and mouth infections and two related deaths have been reported since the beginning of this year. Around 83.5 per cent of the cases have been reported from southern Viet Nam.
About 7,931 dengue cases have been detected and four related deaths have been reported in the last four months.
The Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Health to ensure the treatment of the patients to minimise fatalities, particularly in localities with high-risk areas, including HCM City, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Kon Tum and Ca Mau.
The PM asked the ministry to coordinate with the authorities in the cities and provinces to monitor the implementation of disease prevention measures.
He also asked the authorities to monitor the status of the diseases in the neighbouring countries.
The PM requested the ministries of health and information and communications to coordinate in informing the public of their progress.
The leaders of the People's Committees of localities have been directed to monitor the local healthcare departments and other authorised agencies, to establish the best conditions for the effective treatment of patients and prevent the spread of the diseases.
The Ministry of Education and Training has been urged to launch activities to control the diseases in schools, especially kindergartens, by cooperating with the local healthcare departments and conducting the cleaning of educational facilities.
The Ministry of Finance has also been asked to ensure enough funding for disease control measures.
Director of Preventive Medicine Department under Health Ministry Tran Dac Phu said yesterday that the ministry would send five teams to inspect the hand -foot-mouth disease control measures in high-risk localities. He added that the disease was contagious and there was no vaccine against it so far.
He stated that improvement in personal and environmental hygiene was necessary. "Without drastic preventive measures, the disease could spread in the future," he said.
Phu said that there was enough stock of the chicken-pox vaccine in response to the public concern about possible shortages. The demand for the chicken-pox vaccine had increased sharply, causing shortages, since the beginning of this year, he said.
About 16,380 chicken-pox cases have been reported from across the country since the beginning of this year, more than double year over year.
The Health Ministry said that about 30,000 to 40,000 chicken-pox cases are reported in Viet Nam each year. — VNS