|A doctor examines for a child in HCM City. Local districts' ineffective management of dengue-fever preventive activities has contributed to the rise in the number of dengue fever cases in HCM City. — Photo kcb.vn
HCM CITY (VNS)— Local districts' ineffective management of dengue-fever preventive activities has contributed to the rise in the number of dengue fever cases in HCM City, the city's Health Prevention Centre said.
At a meeting with the city's Department of Health on Wednesday, Dr Nguyen Tri Dung, the centre's head, said that dengue fever outbreaks had occurred nine weeks earlier than last year. The peak is expected in October.
The city's outlying districts of Thu Duc, Binh Thanh, Binh Tan, Cu Chi and Nha Be have had high incidences but the inner districts of 1 and 3 had seen a rise in the number of cases as well.
Since the beginning of the year, 6,104 people have been hospitalised.
In June, only 583 people contracted the disease, increasing to a total of 848 in July.
Dung said that the centre's inspections showed that the larvae index was still too high.
"That is why the disease has spread and not under control," he said.
He told localities to sign a commitment between health agencies and authorities as well as residents there on ending dengue fever outbreaks.
He said that teams should be created to kill larvae in certain areas.
Areas with high risk should be checked once every seven to 10 days, he said.
After the second check, if these areas still have larvae, they will be fined. —VNS