Ministry launches campaign against disease caused by Zika, dengue fever

The Ministry of Health and People’s Committee in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday launched a campaign to call on residents to kill mosquitoes and its larvae for prevention of disease caused by Zikavirus and dengue fever.

Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien (blue T-shirt) speaks to residents about dengue fever prevention (Photo: SGGP)

Speaking at the launch ceremony, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien stressed that every people should spend half an hour a week to do activities such as putting fish into containers of water so that they kill mosquito larva; turning upside down all containers of water when not in use; changing the water in flower vases every day; putting salt or oil into water-containing objects placed underneath the feet of larders, and disposing waste such as bottles, vases, coconut shells, used tires and tubes, broken parts of utensils such as water jars, and others to prevent them from containing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs.

Health Ministry leader said that prevention of disease caused by Zika virus and dengue fever could be totally done with voluntary spirit of ach resident and each household.

At the lauching campaign, leaders of the city Department of Health and in the Mekong delta province of Long An signed agreements with people’s committees in districts to implement the campaign “Inhabitants kill mosquitoes and its larvae to prevent diseases and caused by Zika virus and dengue fever all at once.

Right after the launching ceremony, leaders of the Ministry of Health and city People’s Committee and related agencies supervised dengue fever prevention in Tan Tuc Commune in Binh Chanh District.

By Tuong Lam - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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