Despite the Ministry of Health and related agencies’ media campaign against dengue fever has been launched, a majority of residents and authorities are still negligent over the disease, the Department of Health in Ho Chi Minh City, said.
According to the city’s Preventive Medicine Department, the number of dengue fever infection cases soared by 88 percent compared to same period last year. In the first three months, 6,116 people were hospitalized including one death due to dengue fever, the city reported.
In March only, around 250 cases of dengue fever were reported a week. Though Dr. Nguyen Tri Dung, head of the municipal Department of Health said it is the end of peak season of the disease, experts said that dengue fever cases will increase in rainy season. It is worried because now it is dry season but it has seen an increase of dengue fever.
Worse, people’s awareness of the disease is low and authorities are negligent in prevention task of the disease.