City needs to monitor situation of measles (19:38 16/08/2018)

HNP – According to the leader of the Ha Noi Department of Health, although the number of measles cases increased in comparison with last year, there is no outbreak and death. The disease has still been under control. However, the city needs to take measures to prevent the epidemic.

Deputy Director of the Ha Noi Department of Health Hoang Duc Hanh gives information at the press conference.

Deputy Director of the Department of Health Hoang Duc Hanh said that since the beginning of the year, Ha Noi has recorded 315 measles cases in 183 communes, wards, towns of 30 districts, suburban districts, and towns. Most of patients are children who have not yet vaccinated or have not had the double vaccination against measles.

According to experts, the measles may continue increasing in Ha Noi in the remaining months of 2018 and the beginning of 2019.

Coping with the situation, the Department of Health has proactively made a plan and taken many measures for outbreak prevention; regularly check the disease prevention and launch vaccination campaigns. Meanwhile, medical establishments have classified patients for diagnosis and treatment, etc.

In the coming time, the Department of Health will continue closely monitoring the disease situation; isolating and timely treating patients to prevent outbreaks; immunizing all children under two years old; etc.

In addition, the Department of Health will coordinate with the education and training sector to take more preventive measures for measles at schools.

Regarding to dengue fever, Deputy Secretary Hoang Duc Hanh said that since the beginning of the year, 384 cases have been recorded in Ha Noi, down 98% compared to the same period last year. However, he warned that the number of dengue cases may increase from September to November this year.

The healthcare sector requested localities to regularly launch environmental sanitation campaigns to prevent dengue fever as well as other diseases.

By Tran Huong

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