The ministry’s urgent request came on October 3 as the number of people suffering from pink-eye disease has increased rapidly in many localities, especially in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang city and central Quang Tri, Quang Binh and Binh Dinh provinces.
Accordingly, local authorities were urged to enhance monitoring, early detect and promptly deal with outbreaks, while implementing activities on how to prevent the disease at schools, offices and community.
Medical stations were asked to provide consultancy and treatment, while ensuring the supply of medicine and stepping up hygiene control.
Local education departments were also asked to promptly inform preventive medicine units when detecting outbreaks at schools.
In order to prevent the disease from spreading, the ministry warned people to keep personal hygiene.
Pink-eye sufferers should reduce contacts with others and come to medical stations for treatment, it said.