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In a follow-up on the dengue fever outbreak in Vietnam, health officials report the total cases are now more than 124,000, including 40 fatalities.

The number of cases has tripled compared to the same period last year. 

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The main circulating dengue virus types are DEN-1 and DEN-2.

In Ho Chi Minh City, the city recorded 32,011 cases of dengue fever, an increase of 293.8% compared to the same period in 2021 of 8,128 cases.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has just signed Official Letter 665/CD-TTg dated July 25, 2022 of the Prime Minister on strengthening the  prevention and control of dengue fever  and other infectious diseases.

The official cable stated that, at present, the dengue fever epidemic situation is having many complicated developments in countries around the world and in the region, Vietnam is in the endemic area. Dengue fever is an acute infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes. There is no specific treatment or vaccine for the disease. The main preventive measure is to kill mosquitoes, kill larvae (larvae).

Since the beginning of 2022 until now, the whole country has recorded higher cases and deaths than the same period in 2021 and is at risk of spreading in many provinces and cities, especially in the Southern provinces and some provinces. central province. Along with the increase of  dengue fever , a number of other diseases such as seasonal flu, hand, foot and mouth disease are also at a time of seasonal increase.

In order to proactively control, prevent and combat infectious diseases, in which, focus on strengthening the prevention and control of dengue fever, preventing epidemics from occurring, the Prime Minister requested:

The People’s Committees of the provinces and centrally-run cities have propagated and mobilized people to drastically implement the campaign to kill mosquitoes and larvae (larvae) in the area. Establish community epidemic prevention and control groups to propagate, supervise and guide the implementation of epidemic prevention and control measures under the guidance of the Ministry of Health; take the initiative in taking preventive measures, arranging sufficient means, supplies and funds for epidemic prevention and control, especially dengue fever; sanction organizations and individuals that fail to take measures to prevent and control the epidemic in accordance with law;

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Closely monitoring the situation, early detection, timely emergency treatment of patients, minimizing deaths, thoroughly handling the outbreak as soon as it is detected. The Chairman of the People’s Committees of the provinces and centrally-run cities drastically directs the epidemic prevention and control, especially the dengue epidemic, and is responsible before the Prime Minister for the disease prevention and control in the area.

Ensure adequate facilities, supplies, medicines… for epidemic prevention and control

The Prime Minister assigned the Ministry of Health to direct, guide and inspect localities on surveillance, detection and handling of outbreaks, measures to prevent and treat  dengue fever  and other diseases; directing localities to ensure adequate means, supplies, equipment, drugs and fluids for epidemic prevention and control.

The Ministry of Information and Communications, Vietnam Television Station, Voice of Vietnam Radio, Vietnam News Agency, People’s Newspaper and press agencies closely coordinate with the Ministry of Health in propagating and providing information. timely and complete information on the epidemic situation and measures to prevent and control the epidemic so that people can actively and actively implement epidemic prevention and control, immediately go to medical facilities for examination and treatment when showing signs of infection. sick.

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The Ministry of Education and Training directs educational institutions to actively participate in campaigns to kill mosquitoes, kill larvae in schools and communities, wash hands with soap and take other measures to prevent and control infectious diseases in the direction guidance of the Health sector.

The Ministry of Finance shall ensure sufficient funds for the prevention and control of epidemics, especially dengue fever, in accordance with regulations, thrift, efficiency, and waste avoidance.

Requesting the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, the Vietnam Veterans Association, the Central Committee of the Vietnam Women’s Union, the Vietnam Farmers’ Union, the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and its member organizations to coordinate with authorities at all levels actively and actively mobilized people to participate in activities of killing mosquitoes, killing larvae to prevent and control dengue fever and other infectious diseases under the guidance of the Ministry of Health.

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