State budget to cover kids’ testing cost in food unsafe scandal

The northern province of Bac Ninh will use the state budget to cover kids’ testing cost in the unprecedented food safety scandal of pork tapeworm in preschools, said Party Chief of the northern province of Bac Ninh Nguyen Nhan Chien at yesterday meeting.

 

State budget to cover kids’ testing cost in food unsafe scandal

Moreover, both the Party Chief and Chairman of People’s Committee in Bac Ninh Nguyen Tu Quynh ordered police to jump into investigation of responsibility of those involved in the case.
The province’s Department of Education and Training and the food safety steering board ought to carry out probe into food supply, said Party Chief Chien. The steering board will open fresh courses on food safety as well as pay more visits to lunches in kindergartens.
As per investigation, Huong Thanh company has signed the contract to supply pork to nearly 8,000 preschools in the province. 
Additionally, police were asked to keep social order in schools in the province and impose harsh penalties on those who spread false information of the case.
Chairman Nguyen Tu Quynh has requested the health sector to guide people how to prevent pork tapeworm infection.
So far, 1,500 kindergarteners had been tested at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases and the National Institute of Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology. Most of them are from one to ten years old.
As of yesterday afternoon, more than 70 kindergarteners had tested positive with pork tapeworm infection.
Nguyen Van Kinh, director of the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases, said that children would be given drugs Praziquantel, Niclosamide and Albendazole.
Human infection of pork tapeworm relies on eating unaudited, undercooked pork or on ingesting faecally contaminated water or food, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Ingested tapeworm eggs develop to larvae in various organs of the human body and can cause neurological symptoms, including epileptic seizures, when they enter the central nervous system, WHO warns.

By MINH KHANG – Translated by ANH QUAN

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