Swine flu deaths low compared with neighboring countries, says official

Despite an increase in fatalities and infected people in recent days, a health official recently said the death toll in the country is still low compared with other countries in the region.

Dr. Nguyen Van Binh, deputy head of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environment, part of the Ministry of Health, said Malaysia had reported 76 facilities while Thailand had 153 A/H1N1 related deaths.

It should be noted that most deaths were people with chronic disease or women who have just given birth and were admitted to medical facilities too late, Dr. Binh stressed.

Unlike Vietnam, at present, the pandemic is out of the control in some countries, he added.

Vietnam confirmed 167 more cases of A/H1N1 infection on September 22, raising the country’s total number to 7,362 with nine fatalities.

By T. Kien - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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