MoH urges authorities to enhance prevention of mosquito-borne diseases

Following the complicated development of dengue and Zika, Vietnamese Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday sent its document to chairpersons of people’s committee nationwide, asking to increase prevention of mosquito-borne diseases.

Spraying chemicals to kill mosquitos and its larva (Photo: SGGP)

Spraying chemicals to kill mosquitos and its larva (Photo: SGGP)

The country is entering the rainy season. During the rainy season, mosquitoes get conducive conditions to breed and multiply. The Ministry stressed efforts against mosquito-borne diseases reinforced in preparation for rainy season.
Local administrations in cities and provinces along with related agencies and social organizations should convince locals to throw away waste to eradicate places where mosquitoes can lay egg and breed as well as cover all water containers, to change the water in flower vases every day and kill larva.

Localities must keep enough equipment, drugs, and chemicals for preparation of the prevention campaign.

The municipal and provincial departments of health must intensify supervision to early detect infection cases to handle the outbreaks.  Medical workers must spray chemicals to kill the insect two or three times a week to kill mosquito and its larva. 

The departments of health nationwide must provide training to medical workers how to spray chemicals handle the outbreaks, communication skills to convince locals to kill mosquito. Public and private infirmaries must have mosquito-borne disease treatment guidance.

Hospitals should follow the treatment guidance to limit the death. Additionally, hospitals should classify patients to treat serious patients first to cut down the mortality and reduce overloading. 

MoH said in early months of the year, despite a reduction of 20 percent of infection cases across the country compared to last year, there has been a surge in some cities and provinces. So far in 217, over 21,000 are infected with dengue with eight deaths. Besides, scattered infection cases of disease caused by Zika virus in some southern provinces.

By MINH KHANG - Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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