HFMD cases drop by half in HCMC

Dr. Tran Phu Manh Sieu, director of Ho Chi Minh City Preventive Health Center told Sai Gon Giai Phong that their efforts in fighting hand-foot-mouth disease has resulted in the number of cases in the city to reduce by half.

Since beginning of this year to September 2011, the number of hand-foot-mouth cases had hit a record 11,000 cases including 29 fatalities.

Dr. Sieu said that the City People’s Committee and the Department of Health convened several meetings to discuss preventive measures to tackle the disease.

On the other hand, the health sector kept track of the number of infections in districts, raised awareness of the disease amongst people and strengthened sterilization measures in schools and residential areas.

The HCMC People’s Committee coordinated with the health sector in controlling spread of the highly contagious disease. It sanctioned about tens of billion of dong for purchase of chemicals and ventilators.

After four months of intensive monitoring and taking drastic steps to combat the disease, the numbers of hand-foot-mouth cases in Ho Chi Minh City have dropped by half compared to the peak period in June and July.

Doctors at the Children Hospital No.1 in the city used two treatment methodologies, namely; giving of Gamma globulin injections to HFM infected patients, meant to boost resistance against the disease and filtering of patients’ blood. Amongst those received filtering their blood, 47 young children have been saved so far.

By Vinh Nguyen - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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