More drastic measures proposed to fight African swine fever (18:52 24/03/2019)

HNP - Nguyen Duc Chung, member of the Party Central Committee, Deputy Secretary of the Ha Noi Party Committee and Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee, on March 19 chaired a video conference citywide on the prevention and control of African swine fever and dengue fever in the city.  

Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung speaks at the conference.

In attendance were Vice Chairmen of the Municipal People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy and Nguyen Doan Toan along with heads of relevant departments and sectors. 
According to a report of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, as of March 18, African swine fever virus had been found in 30 breeding farms in six districts, including Long Bien, Dong Anh, Hoang Mai, Soc Son, Gia Lam, and Quoc Oai. Total number of culled pigs was 765, equivalent to 48,441 kilos. 
To prevent the disease from spreading in the city, the Municipal People’s Committee asked departments, sectors and People’s Committees of districts to actively mobilize resources to control the epidemic. 
Furthermore, the city established five interdisciplinary inspection teams to monitor the epidemic prevention and control task in districts, townships throughout the city; it also launched two environmental sanitation campaigns in high risk areas, breeding farms, slaughter houses and landfills; Hanoi also made public hotline 02433.800.115 to receive and settle reports on disease and food safety; controlled the trade, slaughtering and circulation of pigs and pork products; and strengthened the communication to raise people’s awareness about the disease, among others. 
Meanwhile, according to the Department of Health, from January 1 to March 17, 2019, Ha Noi recorded 144 cases of dengue fever, and 494 cases of measles. 
Making conclusion at the conference, Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung stressed that the African swine fever disease spread quickly within a month although many measures had been taken.  
Thus, he requested departments, sectors and districts to continue synchronously executing urgent measures to put the disease under control. 
Regarding prevention and control of measles and dengue fever in the city, Chairman Chung urged the Department of Health, the Preventive Medicine Centre and concerned units to strengthen the communication on vaccination in the area. 
While, People’s Committees of districts, communes and wards will launch environmental sanitation movements in localities, he added. 
He also assigned the Department of Health and the Preventive Medicine Centre to spray the chemicals, while strengthening the communication to raise people’s awareness about measles and dengue fever. 
The governments of districts and townships will have meetings with local schools to ensure food safety and hygiene in canteens, he noted.

By Tran Huong

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