|A dengue patient is examined at HCM City's health centre. — Photo dantri.com
HCM CITY (VNS) — HCM City's Preventive Health Centre reported that 3,800 dengue cases had been treated at hospitals earlier this year, reflecting an increase of 42 per cent from a year ago.
On an average, 140 cases of dengue are treated at hospital each week, the centre reported.
Two casualties due to dengue were reported in HCM City this year.
Eight districts have reported a high number of dengue cases (accounting for half of the total cases in the entire city) mainly in the outlying areas, including Binh Chanh, Binh Tan, Thu Duc, Hoc Mon, Go Vap, Tan Phu, Tan Binh and District 8.
These districts are liable to experience an outbreak of a dengue epidemic due to a growing population, large immigration and ongoing construction.
Doctor Nguyen Huu Hung, deputy chairman of HCM City's Health Department, said the department would assign a task to every district's health centre to implement dengue prevention measures.
The department would also focus all human forces on preventing and fighting dengue in areas that were at risk because of the epidemic.
"The department will provide technical assistance and training courses for district-level centres' staff to raise awareness on disease prevention," he said.
"Grass-root centres can discover early infection symptoms and can mobilise the local residents to take part in the dengue prevention programme." — VNS