Hanoi takes action to prevent outbreak of measles and dengue fever (05:57 16/05/2019)


HNP – Nguyen Duc Chung, member of the Party Central Committee, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee, on May 14 chaired a conference to review the prevention and control of measles and dengue fever in the city.


Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung makes conclusion at the conference.


In attendance were Vice Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy, and heads of relevant departments, sectors and district/township People’s Committees.

 

According a report made by Hoang Duc Hanh, Deputy Director of the Health Department at the conference, from January 1 to May 12, 2019, Hanoi recorded 1,193 measles cases in all districts and towns throughout the city. No measles-related death was reported. 
 
Several districts and suburban districts with a large number of patients include Hoang Mai (159 cases), Thanh Xuan (78), South Tu Liem (77), Ha Dong (66), Dong Da (59), Ba Dinh (56), Thanh Tri (55), Hai Ba Trung (54, and Dong Anh (50). 
 
Regarding dengue fever, a total of 224 cases have been reported in 29 out of 30 districts, a sharp drop compared to the same period in 2017. Some districts with a large number of patients include Cau Giay (27), Dong Da (24), Hoang Mai (18), Hai Ba Trung (14), among others. 
 
Facing the diseases, the Municipal Party Committee and People’s Committee issued many guiding documents to strengthen the fight against measles and dengue fever in the city while making a plan to provide vaccines against measles for children aged 1 to 5. 
 
Notably, on March 19, Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung hosted a conference on strengthening prevention and control of measles, dengue fever, and asked the city’s entities to prevent the spread of the diseases.
 
The Hanoi Centre for Disease Control and district/township Health Centers have tightened the supervision of infectious cases and handled the epidemic as regulated. Thus, no major outbreak has been reported. 
 
Furthermore, district/township Health Centers have worked with relevant agencies to advise district/township People’s Committees to launch environmental sanitation campaigns. As of May 12, a total of 584 campaigns were launched, drawing the participation of 67,855 people.
 
The Department of Health and its subordinate units have held many training courses on supervision, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, including measles and dengue fever while launching campaigns to provide vaccines against measles for children aged 1 to 5 in November, December 2018 and January, February 2019 (reaching 97.36%). 
 
However, the report also showed existing problems and difficulties in preventing the diseases from further spreading in the city. 
 
At the conference, the entities gave reports on disease prevention and control, and major missions in the time to come. 
 
Vice Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy speaks at the conference.  
 
Addressing the event, Vice Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy asked districts to elaborate disease prevention schemes, and strengthen the communication to encourage locals to participate in environmental sanitation campaigns and kill mosquito larva. 
 
Pointing out that the major cause of measles outbreak is not getting enough vaccines, the Vice Chairman urged districts to ensure that 100% of children under 2 years of age will receive vaccination,  and provide repeated injection to children aged 6 to 11. 
 
Making conclusion at the conference, Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung valued the efforts of the city’s agencies and units in preventing the diseases. 

By Tran Huong


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