|A doctor is providing health check of hand, foot and mouth disease at the Cần Thơ Chidlren Hospital. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Sang|Viet Nam News
CẤN THƠ — The number of children infected with hand, foot and mouth disease in Cấn Thơ has sharply increased since last month, according to the Preventive Medical and Heath Care Centre in the southern city.
The centre said by last weekend, the number of patients in the first nine months of the year had increased by 13.5 per cent compared to the same period last year. Of the city’s nine districts, Ô Môn District saw the highest increase with 78.7 per cent compared to the same period last year.
The Cần Thơ Children Hospital reported it received an average of 100 cases of hand and foot-mouth disease daily, mostly children aged two or three years old from around the
city and other provinces in the Mekong Delta area including Sóc Trăng, Hà Giang, Vĩnh Long and An Giang.
According to the hospital’s statistics, there has also been an increase in the number of infants under a year old hospitalised due to hand, foot and mouth disease.
Doctors and experts at the hospital appealed for authorities to improve local peoples’ awareness of the disease by providing information about preventive medical programmes and helping them get admitted to hospitals in a timely fashion for treatment to avoid severe consequences. VNS