The Ministry of Health (MoH) has added chickenpox, mumps and rubella to the list of infectious diseases capable of rapid transmission and potentially fatal.
Local and international health experts discussed measures to confront infectious diseases at an international conference which opened in Hanoi on November 13.
Representatives of Russia’s Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) handed over a mobile lab to Major General Nguyen Hong Du, Director of the Vietnam-Russia Tropical Centre on September 11 on the sidelines of the fourth Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.
Sixty two poor districts across the country lack a total of almost 600 doctors with specialisations in 15 different areas, including obstetrics, paediatrics, emergencies and infectious diseases.
Ten infectious diseases are entitled to compulsory vaccination under an expanded national vaccination programme (NEVP) that started on January 1.
Vietnam’s national cancer control strategy needed to address the serious problem of infectious agents, which cause more than 20% of malignancies in the world, said Prof Nguyen Chan Hung, Chairman of the Vietnam Cancer Society.
Health officials from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia shared experience in fighting infectious diseases, especially avian flu, at a workshop in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on May 10.
Non-infectious diseases claim the lives of about 400,000 Vietnamese people each year, said Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long at a conference seeking to prevent and control these diseases in the southern region in Ho Chi Minh City on May 8.
The number of new cancer diagnoses in Vietnam is forecast to hit 200,000 in 2020, nearly doubling from 126,000 cases in 2010, with health experts warning that the rise will add to the burden already weighing upon the healthcare system.
The hand, foot and mouth disease season has barely begun in Ho Chi Minh City but hospitals are already seeing a rush of patients, many of them severely affected, according to paediatrics hospitals.
The health sector of the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa has taken measures against mosquito-borne Zika virus at international border gates.
Ho Chi Minh City’s health authorities have implemented a number of measures to control Zika virus following a German woman, who lives in District 2, was diagnosed with the virus while traveling in Japan.
Vietnam’s National Expanded Programme on Immunisation since its launch in 1985 has greatly contributed to reducing the rate of catching diseases, ending polio, and controlling many infectious diseases as well as cutting down the mortality rate among children.
Doctors of the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases have used ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) technology to treat a serious case of pneumonia successfully in Hanoi.
The national campaign on measles-rubella vaccination will be expanded to children aged 16-17 in a bid to prevent and stop the infectious diseases.
Duong Thi Hong, Deputy Director of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, spoke to Vietnam News Agency about the success of the National Expanded Programme on Immunisation since its launch in 1985.
Vietnam has seen great achievements in researching and producing vaccines, especially the production of 10 out of the 11 kinds mentioned in the nationwide expanded immunisation programme, said Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long.
Nearly 800 domestic and foreign managers, scientists and experts in infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS are attending a conference in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, to share experience in this field.
The Prime Minister has given the green light to Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to organize an international conference on disease prevention in Hanoi this month.