Ho Chi Minh City will expand the use of geographic information system (GIS) technology this year for surveillance of infectious diseases, such as hand-foot-mouth, throughout the city after successfully piloting it for dengue fever, deputy director of the city’s Preventive Medicine Centre, said.
Vietnam still sees weaknesses in dengue fever treatment, although its fatality rate caused by the disease is lower than that of many countries in the region.
The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho aims to lower the HIV infection rate in the locality to less than 0.3% in 2018, said Deputy Director of the municipal Health Department Cao Minh Chu.
All hospitals in the country are responsible for reporting about patients with infectious diseases through an electronic surveillance system to enable preventive health officials to take timely preventive action against their spread, but many hospitals fail to report accurately.
Half of Hanoi’s 30 districts reported fewer people infected with dengue fever last week, while the figure for the remaining half was unchanged compared to the previous week.
Despite a recent sharp fall in the number of dengue cases, the community should not neglect preventive measures against the epidemics, warned the Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health.
Hanoi has put 95.31% of dengue hotbeds under control with no new infections in a 14 day period, while the other 240 remained active, according to statistics from the city’s Department of Health.
More than 148,260 cases of dengue fever have been reported across the country since the outbreak began earlier this year, of which 30 people have lost their lives.
The Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health warned on October 17 that flooding and rains in central and northern provinces could trigger disease outbreaks.
Experts are warning against an outbreak of dengue fever and hand-foot-mouth disease as wet weather continues.
The number of new dengue fever cases in Hanoi continued to drop in the last few weeks, announced the city’s Department of Health on October 9.
Authorities of the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho have asked the local health sector and relevant agencies to work to prevent the spread of dengue fever in the locality.
Most localities nationwide have reported declines in dengue fever cases in the past four weeks, said Tran Dac Phu, Director of the Health Ministry’s Preventive Medicine Department, on September 14.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) is planning to expand the pilot release of Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes in some southern areas of Vietnam in the next few years to prevent dengue fever.
Ho Chi Minh City has recorded 13,763 cases of dengue fever since the beginning of this year, an increase of 27% compared to the same period last year, according to the municipal Department of Health.
The number of dengue patients in the capital city continues to decline, but preventive efforts must continue, said Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung of the Hanoi People’s Committee.
The number of new dengue fever cases in Hanoi has dropped in the recent two weeks but is still high, heard a meeting of the Steering Committee on Epidemics Prevention and Control in Hanoi on August 25.
Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien ordered Hanoi authorities to promote communication work to raise public awareness of dengue fever prevention during a trip to inspect disease control in Thuy Khue ward, Tay Ho district on August 20.
The Ministry of Health is maximising efforts to prevent the spread of dengue fever, heard a meeting in Hanoi on August 17.
The capital city of Hanoi has been taking efforts to stamp out the dengue fever outbreak which has plagued the city in recent months, with nearly 15,400 cases reported in 12 districts so far this year.