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Disease prevention awareness still low

Update: November, 01/2014 - 08:53
An inspection was conducted following a report of 10 patients with dengue fever in the ward over the last 10 days. — Photo htv

HCM CITY (VNS)— People's awareness of disease-prevention measures remains low, the deputy head of HCM City's Health Department, Nguyen Huu Hung said yesterday.

Hung said the department had found many water containers with mosquito larvae in Tan Thoi Nhat Ward in the outlying district of 12.

An inspection was conducted following a report of 10 patients with dengue fever in the ward over the last 10 days.

However, since the beginning of the year, the number of dengue fever cases in the city has fallen by 20 per cent compared to the same period last year, according to a report from the municipal Preventive Health Centre.

Still, Hung said that people should not ignore preventive methods.

The department will check disease-prevention measures at other districts on a weekly basis as of next month.

He said the department and local preventive health centres have yet to identify the reason behind the many absences of students at Nguyen Khuyen Primary School.

The Pasteur Institute is testing stool samples taken from students who had symptoms of fever, headache, stomachache or vomiting.

Local health and school authorities are encouraging students at the school to wash their hands and are monitoring food and water supplies, according to Hung.

Since October 21, more than 200 students have been absent from the school. Some of them, however, have recovered and returned to school. — VNS

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