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Ho Chi Minh City records three dengue fever deaths in 2017

Ho Chi Minh City records three dengue fever deaths in 2017

A health staff sprays insect-killing chemical at a household (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA)
– Ho Chi Minh City has recorded three deaths caused by dengue
fever in Districts 5 and 12 since the beginning of the year.
Talking to
the press on March 16, deputy head of the municipal Health Department Nguyen
Huu Hung said the preventive medicine body
has examined and implemented precautionary measures at District 12, where two
of the deaths took place.
The inspection team found Hiep
Thanh ward in the district has many hot spots of mosquito lavas as many areas
are littered with rubbish and many locals raise cattle or fowls, which are
potential sources of dengue
fever, he noted, adding that one fatality of dengue
fever was in the ward.
The official ordered more
effective communications campaigns and tighter sanitation monitoring at
disease-hit localities, with heavy fines imposed on violators.
According to Le Hong Nga, head
of the infectious disease control department at the municipal preventive
medicine centre, Hiep Thanh ward has long been a hotbed of dengue fever and
Zika virus infections.
Between October 2016 and
February 2017, the locality recorded an average of three dengue fever cases each
week, not to mention those who received treatment at private medical
facilities.
Vice Chairwoman of the
Hiep Thanh People’s Committee Nguyen Thi Thuy Trang said locals’ awareness on
the prevention of the disease remains low, adding that they did not cooperate
when public sanitation campaigns were carried out.-VNA
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