|A health worker looks for mosquito larvae in a residential area in Hà Nội's Hai Bà Trưng District. — VNA/VNS Photo Dương Ngọc|
HÀ NỘI — Environmental pollution, waste and temporary houses at construction sites are risk factors for a dengue outbreak in Hà Nội, said Nguyễn Khắc Hiền, director of Hà Nội Department of Health.
Rain and hot weather from June to August create favourable conditions for mosquitoes to develop and could spread on a large scale if prevention and control measures are not put in place, he said.
Since the beginning of the year, the capital city has recorded 247 cases of dengue and no deaths.
The number of infected cases decreased by 56 per cent compared to the same period in 2019.
In Phúc Thọ District, 89 people in eight communes caught the disease, 81 of which were from Tam Hiệp Commune.
The Department of Health has requested localities to take measures to combat dengue fever, such as cleaning and killing larvae, especially in high-risk areas.
The department also asked local authorities to pay more attention in fighting the disease along with raising awareness and calling on the participation of people and organisations.
Training courses to improve skills for supervisory teams and the inspection of prevention and control work should be enhanced to promptly handle places where epidemics have occurred. — VNS