Health workers prepared insecticide spray solutions to kill off mosquitoes and their larva in Biên Hoà City of the southern province Đồng Nai. — VNA/VNS Photo Lê Xuân
HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Health asked provincial and municipal health departments nationwide to strengthen the prevention of dengue fever in a document released on Monday.
The move was made following increasing dengue cases reported in many localities over the past month.
According to the health ministry, there are more than 105,000 dengue fever cases, including 10 deaths, reported across the country since the beginning of 2019. New infections tend to increase in many localities with dengue fever starting to enter the peak season.
It is forecast the number of new cases will increase and break out on a large scale without proper preventive measures.
Leaders of provincial and city health departments were asked to strengthen dengue fever supervision for early detecting and wiping out outbreaks.
Campaigns should be organised from now to the end of the year to kill mosquitoes in high risk areas like markets, coach and train stations and hospitals. Communication campaigns should be held also to enhance the community’s knowledge and encourage households to practice dengue fever prevention measures at home.
Hospitals were told to improve their organisation to avoid hospital overloads and minimise cross infection. Medical facilities should hold training courses for preventive health workers and staff in charge of treatment on the contents of guidance on surveillance, epidemic prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dengue fever.
The ministry will also arrange teams to inspect dengue fever surveillance, prevention and treatment activities at areas with dengue fever outbreaks.
It will also set up eight working groups to inspect the prevention efforts in central and southern localities – HCM City Đồng Tháp, Thanh Hóa, Nghệ An, Hà Tĩnh, Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu, Bình Dương, Bình Phước, Bình Định, Đà Nẵng, Quảng Nam, Gia Lai, Đắk Nông, Đắk Lắk, Ninh Thuận, Phú Yên, Đồng Nai, and Tây Ninh.— VNS