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Pink-eye swamps many hospitals

Update: September, 27/2014 - 08:28
The number of people going to hospitals for examination and treatment has dramatically increased since early this month. The northern province of Ninh Binh saw about 2,500 cases in the past two weeks.— Photo nld
HA NOI (VNS)— The Ministry of Health yesterday asked relevant agencies and departments to prevent pink-eye from spreading by helping hospitals and health clinics set up isolated treatment areas.

The number of people going to hospitals for examination and treatment has dramatically increased since early this month. The northern province of Ninh Binh saw about 2,500 cases in the past two weeks.

The ministry asked hospitals and health clinics to distribute medical masks to pink-eye patients. It also required preventive health centres in localities to inform people in hot spots such as kindergartens, schools and public areas about how to prevent the disease.

Hand-foot-mouth

An eight-month-old baby in HCM City died from hand-foot-mouth disease as she had atypical symptoms, leading doctors to diagnose her condition incorrectly.

On September 20, the baby was sent to Children's Hospital 2 after several days of fever. She was diagnosed with a sore throat and prescribed medicine. Doctors asked the patient's family to keep watch for symptoms of hand-foot-mouth disease.

However, the baby came down with high fever and trouble breathing and died.

Truong Huu Khanh, a doctor at the hospital, said that this was an atypical case of hand-foot-mouth disease.

Typical symptoms included hand and foot shaking, quick breathing and respiratory failure. Children with these symptoms must be hospitalised as soon as possible, he said.

The city has seen about 6,800 cases of hand-foot-mouth disease this year. — VNS


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