Health minister calls for practicing hygiene during month-long campaign

Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien has called on people around the country to adopt hygienic practices to safeguard their children under a month-long health campaign through June.

At the launch of “Action month for children’s health,” which seeks to inculcate hygiene among parents to prevent diseases, in Ho Chi Minh City May 25 she called for safe eating habits and keeping the house and toys clean to keep infectious diseases at bay.

The Ministry has launched the campaign to mark International Children's Day (June 1) and in response to the outbreaks of several diseases in recent months.

Through June, four kindergartens -- Son Ca 4 in Phu Nhuan District, Tri Duc in Tan Phu District, Mat Troi Nho in Binh Tan District and Huong Duong in Go Vap District – will see doctors perform medical checks on children and advise teachers and parents on nutrition and injury prevention during the summer vacations.

The ministry said that with the weather turning hot, measles, dengue fever, chicken pox, and diarrhea are recurring.

There have been over 9,000 cases of dengue this year including five deaths.

Hand-foot-mouth and dengue outbreaks are increasing in the south.

By Tuong Lam - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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