Most HFMD infected children don’t attend schools: survey

Almost 80 percent of hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD) infected children are stay at home kids and don’t go to schools, revealed a recent survey conducted by the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced Wednesday that the Pasteur Institute had conducted a survey on HFMD infected children in highly infected areas of Ho Chi Minh City, the southern provinces of Dong Nai, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Binh Duong and Ben Tre. 

The HFMD infected baby girl in the intensive care ward of Children Hospital No.1 in HCMC (Photo: The website of Children Hospital No.1)

Results showed that up to 76.9 percent of hand-foot-mouth infected children never attended any school but stayed at home.

Similarly, 80 percent of HFMD infected children in the Mekong delta province of Long An, 69 percent in the Mekong delta province of Vinh Long and 83.4 percent in the central province of Quang Ngai too stayed home and were never sent to school by their guardians.

Dr. Tran Duc Long, Head of the Legal Department for the Ministry of Health, attributed the reason for the wide spread contamination of HFMD in children to poor and careless personal hygiene habits incorporated by parent’s while looking after their children.

The Ministry of Health said that the country has recorded 77, 895 cases of hand-foot-mouth disease including 137 deaths in 27 provinces this year. Despite such a high number of casualties, Vietnam has well contained the spread of this disease with ratio showing one affected case in 1,000 people, as compared to Japan where the ratio is 2.5 cases among 1,000 residents.

Doctors at the Children Hospital No.1 in Ho Chi Minh City said Wednesday that they had succeeded in saving a 14 month old baby girl from the Mekong delta province of Dong Thap, who had been admitted in a very serious condition.

The girl was hospitalized in a state of coma, with high fever and respiratory problems. Doctors even found it difficult to locate her pulse. They used the blood filtering method to save the child’s life. After one week of intensive care and treatment, the child recovered fully and now is no longer on the respirator.

By N. Quoc, T. Ngoc - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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