An inspection team from the Ministry of Health led by Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long yesterday arrived in the southern province of Dong Nai which have many cases of dengue fever infections to direct the disease prevention.
It is reported 30,000 dengue fever infection cases in 50 cities and provinces across the country in the middle of September. Amongst them, the southern provinces of Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Ba Ria - Vung Tau, Long An and Ho Chi Minh City are leading with most cases of infection and deaths. The disease killed 18 people. General hospitals in provinces are overloaded with more hospitalized patients and the number of dengue fever spiraled every day.
Dr. Huynh Minh Hoan, director of the Department of Health in Dong Nai said ath since the beginning of the year, the province recorded over 4,500 cases of infections, an increase of 1.6 times compared to the same period last year. Currently, 9 out of 11 districts in province have reported outbreaks of dengue fever.
Arriving at residential blocks in No.4 in Trang Dai Ward of Bien Hoa City in Dong Nai, Deputy health minister Nguyen Thanh Long said that inhabitants are negligent in dengue fever prevention. People's awareness of preventing the disease is poor as they do not cover water container and waster such as boxes and bottles containing water thrown around the houses which offer good condition for mosquitoes to lay eggs.
Mr. Long said that all local governments and the health sector in Dong Nai must be more determined in prevention. In September, Dong Nai must spray chemicals to kill mosquitoes and organize movement to destroy water containers.