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ADB: 3 nations to get additional $49 mln to fight tropical diseases

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 4:53 am

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is extending US$49 million to expand surveillance response systems to help control dengue outbreaks, and prevent the spread of communicable and tropical diseases in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, the bank announced Tuesday.

“Preventing these diseases requires better local participation and much more intensive regional cooperation,” Vincent de Wit, who leads health professional in ADB’s Southeast Asia Department, said in the announcement.

SGGP file – Volunteers clean up a canal in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 12 during a 2009 summer campaign designed to clean up the environment.

The bank added that the Second Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Regional Communicable Diseases Control Project, which is an offshoot of the first GMS Regional Communicable Diseases Control Project, would also target improvements in the capacity of health services and communities involved in disease control in border districts of the three countries.

The community-based communicable disease control systems funded by the project are aimed at around 1.7 million people living in 116 border districts. About one-third of the population in the target areas belong to ethnic minority groups, according to the Philippines-based lender.

ADB said the new project would build on earlier successes, from the earlier GMS Regional Communicable Diseases Control Project, to strengthen surveillance and response mechanisms.

Financing will come from ADB’s concessional Asian Development Fund with a loan of US$27 million for Vietnam and grants of $10 million for Cambodia and $12 million for Laos. The three countries will provide counterpart support totaling US$5 million equivalent, said ADB.

The Ministry of Health in each country will be the executing agency for the project, which is due for completion in June 2016. The regional coordination unit will be based in Vientiane of Laos.

Source: SGGP

A/H1N1 flu claims 49 lives in Vietnam

In Vietnam Health on December 17, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Vietnam’s health ministry has confirmed 49 deaths from the A/H1N1 flu as of December 15, with two recent victims were pregnant and the other already suffered from the African fever.

The ministry also has confirmed that a total of 11,047 people were found positive for the A/H1N1 virus in 21 cities and provinces, said Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga, Chief of the Health Ministry’s Department for Preventive Medicine and Environment at a meeting of the National Steering Board on Flu Prevention in Humans in Hanoi on December 16.

At the meeting, Dr. Nguyen Van Kinh, Director of the Central Hospital of Tropical Diseases, reported that infections of the A/H1N1 flu in the country seems to have taken a break for sometime.

He said doctors have recognised several cases where patients showed resistance to Tamiflu. However, they said there has been no evidence of genetic mutations from taking the medication.

Dr. Kinh alerted that although the number of A/H1N1 people hospitalized has reduced significantly, those who have been taken to the hospital recently have often dealt with serious complications of the flu infection.

Accordingly, he recommends that an early diagnose and prompt treatment remains the best option for people to prevent themselves from catching the disease.

The doctor also warned that the A/H1N1 influenza in poultry has recently showed signs of recurrence in a number of cities and provinces in the country, which would increase potential risks of poultry-human transmissions.

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