Rainy season triggers disease outbreaks

As heavy rains and floods affect the country in July, in its document yesterday, the Department of Preventive Medicine asked directors of departments of heal nationwide to strengthen disease prevention.
 

The department of Preventive Medicine sends its document to local health authorities asking to strengthen disease prevention (Photo: SGGP)

The department of Preventive Medicine sends its document to local health authorities asking to strengthen disease prevention (Photo: SGGP)

The Department requested local health authorities to implement measures against diseases as well as supply clean water, tidy environment after the flooding. Medical workers should instruct residents in the flood-struck areas to carry out personal hygiene and handle animal corpses.
It is the peak time for epidemic diseases such as petechial fever, malaria, typhoid, diarrhea, flu , dengue and red eyes. Accordingly, local health authorities must set up mobile teams to instruct people to clean environment and keep food safe.
Local health authorities must supply disinfectants to people.
The Ministry of Health said that dengue development drove more people into hospitals. Alone in 15 first days of July, the hospitalization rate in some Mekong delta increased 125 percent compared to same period last year.
By statistics of local health authorities in the Mekong delta, dengue surged drastically from early July because rainy season is conducive for mosquito development leading to more disease outbreaks compared to previous months.
For instance, in ten first days of July, An Giang Province to the Mekong delta’s west has most cases of dengue with 120 hospitalization cases, next is Soc Trang Province with 110 cases and Dong Thap Province with 100 inpatients.

By staff writers - Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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