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Diseases break out in southern region

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:59 am

The number of children and the elderly infected with respiratory diseases, dengue fever and cholera has soared in Ho Chi Minh City and southern provinces.

For a short period, there was a lull in these diseases, however, lately; they have come back in force.

Eating food from street vendors might be one of reasons why people develop diarrhea (Photo: SGGP)

At the HCMC Children Hospital No.1, the respiratory department has been overwhelmed with 200-230 children a day. There are only 100 sick beds in the hospital, and several children have been treated for pneumonia, bronchitis and asthma.

In addition, the number of children hospitalsed is also on the rise, and most of them come from the Mekong Delta.

Similarly, in the HCMC Children Hospital No.2, respiratory and digestion departments are overcrowded with sick children. The hospital has treated at least 3,000 children a day, several of them suffering from respiratory and digestion diseases.

A doctor said that on average, he treats about 60 to 70 children a day, but now it is over 100 children a day. 

The Pasteur Institute in the city said that since the beginning of the year, the southern region has been infected with over 64,800 patients suffering from dengue fever, with 65 people dying from this disease.

The dengue fever spread to 16 of 20 provinces and cities in the region. Furthermore, An Giang, Ben Tre, Binh Duong and Dong Thap provinces have seen an increase in the number of patient dying from the disease.

Every week in HCMC over 500 people are hospitalized due to dengue fever and that is an increase of 50 percent over the same period last year.

In addition, recently a child has died and two others hospitalized for cholera in the Binh Chanh District of HCMC.

Nguyen Dac Tho, deputy director of HCMC Preventive Medicine Center, said “that the polluted environment around accommodation areas have triggered the disease”.

To cope with the outbreak, the HCMC Department of Health has ordered relevant organizations to implement stricter health measures to prevent any more disease from spreading, especially cholera.

The department has also instructed the district authorities to warned residents about the dangers of poor food hygiene, particularly using water from contaminated sources, thereby contributing to water-born diseases.

Source: SGGP

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

Diseases raging through farmers’ crops and livestock

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2010 at 11:20 am

Farmers around the country have struggled with diseases killing their rice crops and pigs, while the Government assistance has been low and specific remedies have not been found.

Farmers harvest rice in the Mekong Delta (Photo: SGGP)

Ten days ago, farmer Luong Thi Canh uncovered over 500 square meters of her rice fields had a strange disease that made the rice turn saffron and unable to grow properly. Canh is in Hoa Son Commune, Hiep Hoa District in the northern province of Bac Giang.

The disease, which stunted rice even though she spayed chemicals and fertilized the fields, spread widely, frightening farmers in the Hoa Son Commune as crop losses equal hunger.

Nguyen Van Chinh, deputy chairman of Hiep Hoa District People’s Committee, said that the disease is in other communes as well, affecting thousands of households.

Meanwhile, in the adjacent commune of Thoi Son, farmers have seen the return of another disease, which causes green fields to turn dull red with black stripes along the veins of leaves.

Experts from Agricultural University No.1 in Hanoi have investigated and said it is bacterial streak disease.

Nguyen Van My, owner of 2,000 square meters of two-month old sick rice field, said that last year his fields also contracted the disease, forcing him to burn the fields, as his buffalos refused to eat the sick rice.

While rice diseases have not ceased, Thoi Son pigs continued suffering from blue ear disease. The farmer My has lost a total of VND40 million (US$2,000), as 33 pigs recently died from the blue ear virus.

At the time My’s pigs died, the Bac Giang Province had yet to declare the outbreak an epidemic. As a result, My did not received any assistance from the Government.

Some households in his village lost more than VND50-60 million and another pig raising farm even had to hire workers to bury about 700 suckling pigs as they died at the same time, he said.

In Thai Binh Province, the rice stripe virus and blue ear diseases have also plagued fields and pigs farms in Tien Hai District, said the district People’s Committee chairman.

The rice stripe virus disease has rapidly spread in the province and become an epidemic in northern provinces, sending farmers racing to buy pesticides to save their crops.

Hoang Kim Giao, head of the Department of Livestock Production, said that during this recent blue ear epidemic, the northern region has destroyed tens of thousands of pigs. As a result, businesses have rushed to import pork.

The blue ear disease now has expanded throughout the southern region. Relevant authorities should take appropriate actions to stamp out the epidemic.

Concerning the rice stripe virus, Bui Sy Doanh, department head of Plant Protection said that the Government has yet to find specific remedies.

In related news, the Ho Chi Minh City’s Department for Animal Health said that over 400 pigs infected with blue ear disease have been destroyed so far in District 12.

Meanwhile, the number of ruined pigs has reached 43 in the Mekong Delta Province of Hau Giang, according to the Vietnam Department of Animal Health.

Source: SGGP

Cattle, poultry diseases prevention month launched

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2008 at 3:44 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – A month of sanitising and disinfecting the environment in order to prevent epidemic diseases in cattle and poultry was officially launched in Hanoi on Dec. 16.

The campaign, co-organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Hanoi People’s Committee, aims to prevent the outbreak and spread of cattle and poultry diseases prior to the Lunar New Year.

Areas at a high risk of infection, such as farms, abbatoirs and markets and poultry culling facilities across the entire nation will carry out environmental sanitation and decontamination from Dec. 15 to Jan. 15 next year.-

Myanmar, Thailand combat trans-border animal diseases

In Uncategorized on October 2, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Thailand and Myanmar will cooperate in combating trans-border animal diseases along their borders under the Ayeyawaddy-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) programme, according to news agencies.

Tasks relating to development of livestock breeding in villages along the Myanmar-Thai border and joint combating of trans-border animal diseases by the two countries will be implemented starting November this year under a three-year project until attainment of such a status that animals free from diseases can be traded safely, the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department (LBVD) of Myanmar was quoted as saying.

As a preparatory move, a Thai delegation from the Animal Development Department had made a study trip to some Myanmar border towns last month, making arrangements to establish animal quarantine laboratories.

The Myanmar side is to offer building and health workers, while the Thai side is to provide technical knowhow and materials, according to news reports.

Earlier in late 2003, Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia signed a trilateral memorandum of understanding to help Myanmar fight foot and mouth diseases by setting up five free zones of the diseases in order to boost trade in hoofed animals and their products between Myanmar and the two countries.-

Experts share kidney diseases treatment experiences

In Uncategorized on September 16, 2008 at 9:41 am

New Delhi (VNA) – Hundreds of nephrologists from 20 countries worldwide, including Vietnam , gathered in India from Sept. 11-15 to share experiences in peritoneal dialysis in kidney diseases treatment.

Participants were also introduced to a number of new theories regarding the method as well as new chemicals that proved to be safer for kidney patients.

According to Dr. Chu Minh Ha, head of the military-run Hospital 108’s Kidney Department, this treatment method is suitable for Vietnam because costs are lower and patients do not have to stay in the hospital.

In India , more than 100,000 kidney patients have been treated by peritoneal dialysis over the past 20 years, while Vietnam has just applied this method since 2002 with help from India .

Ha added that India also agreed to help Vietnam train postgraduate health experts in brain trauma treatment.-