Unpredictable weather triggers seasonal diseases amongst kids, senior people

In the seasonal transition, unpredictable weather gives favorable condition for disease outbreaks especially respiratory and contagious diseases amongst kids and senior people.

The heat and the humidity in the air triggered spread of diseases such as dengue fever, hand-foot-mouth, fever caused by virus, chicken pox, measles, flu, diarrhea, and typhoid

The Ho Chi Minh City-based Tropical Disease Hospital’s Contagion Ward receives tens of patients a day who have respiratory diseases, hand-foot-mouth and diseases caused by virus. Mrs. Le Ngoc Ha in Tan Phu District who has completed paperwork for treatment of her son, said that her son was diagnosed to have hand-foot-mouth.

Not only kids but also adults were treated hand-foot-mouth in the hospital. The city Preventive Medicine Center said that since early March, more patients with flu, sore throat, allergic rhinitis  went to the center. Lately, an outbreak of communicable chicken pox in a company district 7 infected 43 people and three outbreaks of mumps in three schools in District Hoc Mon infected 21 students.

Head of the center’s Contagious Disease Control Ward Dr. Le Hong Nga said that these above-mentioned diseases rose more than normal. Parents should keep their children warm in the morning and in the evening to prevent diseases.

The Department of Health in HCMC convened an urgent meeting on disease prevention task in 2017. As per a report of the Preventive Medicine Center, as of the time, 20 district had case of dengue and the rate of infection cases soared without cease. Before the center recorded two dengue deaths in district 12 and 5.

Head of the center Dr. Nguyen Tri Dung right after being informed deaths of dengue, the center staffs have conducted a survey which showed that many people in residential block where the two victims live had dengue for weeks. Additionally, the  quarter has water containers where mosquitoes lay eggs into. Hiep Thanh ward has three cases of dengue since October, 2016 to February, 2017 weekly excluding those who arrived at private clinics for treatment without report.

Deputy director of the Department of Health Dr. Nguyen Huu Hung said that dengue is dangerous without specific drug yet residents’ awareness of the disease is low so they are neglected it. preventive medicine centers in districts are assigned to increase information of the disease’s danger to locals as well as preventive measures and how to kill mosquitoes’ larva, said Dr. Hung

Whooping cough increased drastically in the North

In the North, whooping cough are widely spread and the disease haunted parents with neonates. By the Department of Preventive Medicine’s statistics, since the beginning of the year, the northern provinces recorded 82 whooping cough and five neonates in Nam Dinh, Hanoi, Cao Bang, and the central province of Nghe An succumbed to the disease. Worse, 80 percent of neonates having whooping cough have not yet vaccinated.

Lately, the health ministry’s Medical Examination and Treatment Department sent its document to directors of hospitals and departments of health nationwide asking them to detect neonates with whooping cough to prepare medication, equipment and materials for treatment.

By staff writers - translated by Uyen Phuong

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