Current health news in brief

The Ministry of Health on January 30 sent orders to hospitals and medical facilities across the country to ensure good treatment of patients during the coming long Tet holiday season.

This year there are nine consecutive Tet holidays and the ministry has asked medical facilities to ensure good treatment of patients during these days.

Moreover, hospitals should implement measures to fight against acute diarrhea and A/H1N1, H5N1, hand-foot-mouth disease and dengue fever.

Doctors have to work round-the-clock and stock sufficient drugs, infusion, beds and emergency kits to be ready to save people, as per the ministry's document.

Hospitals will not be allowed to refuse or delay rescue and emergency cases. In addition, hospital leaders must visit and give gifts to patients who have to stay in hospitals during the Tet holidays, especially poor patients and social welfare beneficiaries.

The Preventive Healthcare Center in Ho Chi Minh City on January 30 stated that there has been a decrease in the number of dengue fever patients in the third week of the year compared to last week, with only 57 cases.

In all the 32 wards of the City there are only two cases, though Binh Hung Hoa Ward in Binh Tan District has seven reported cases.

There has been a slump in hand-foot-mouth cases with 126 patients, a decrease of 53 cases compared to last week but an increase of 47 cases compared to same period last year. District 8 and Binh Tan District have reported four hand-foot-mouth cases but no deaths.

By staff writers - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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