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Vietnam must maintain alerts to H1N1 virus: health official

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Vietnam must still maintain its alert for H1N1 influenza virus, which caused the 2009 pandemic in the world, said a health official on August 16.

Deputy head of the Department of Preventive Health Nguyen Van Binh warned the national Health Ministry must keep an eye on the disease as outbreaks of H1N1 infection have recently re-occurred in Ho Chi Minh City.

Mr. Binh said although the World Health Organization declared an end to the H1N1 influenza pandemic and the world is no longer in phase 6 of the pandemic alert. However, WHO stressed continueous vigilance is extremely important and the localized outbreaks of different magnitude may show significant levels of H1N1 transmission.

In Vietnam, since the middle of July, some southern provinces have recorded some H1N1 cases; local governments have raised concerns over the returning of the disease in order to curb the wide spreading of the epidemic in the community.

Vietnam has reported 11,215 infected cases with 59 fatalities since May, 2009.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam yet to receive WHO document about H1N1

In Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 at 11:38 am

Deputy Health Minister Trinh Quan Huan said June 7 that Vietnam has not received any official document from the World Health Organization pertaining to the swine flu; especifically whether or not the disease has become a pandemic or if earlier reports were exaggerations.

Deputy Health Minister Trinh Quan Huan

European health officials have launched an investigation into whether the seriousness of the swine flu outbreak was exaggerated as they blamed pharmaceutical giants for pressuring WHO to declare it a pandemic, Dr. Huan said, adding that if it is true, it presents a major problem.

Vietnam did ask WHO about influenza prevention in the upcoming winter at a meeting in May in Geneva, Switzerland, and WHO proposed nations to be ready to fight the pandemic and maintain the sixth level of alert.

Vietnam has not had any outbreaks in two past months; therefore, it should decrease the pandemic alert to phase two or three.

Drug companies have been accused of unnecessarily raising fears over the H1N1 swine flu virus, so as to increase profits by boosting sales of their new vaccines and have earned over US$7 billion from selling influenza medications. Meanwhile, Vietnam has spent around VND1 trillion on disinfecting chemicals, drugs and on medical equipment such as breathing machines and temperature taking machines, which have been placed at airports and border gates.

Vietnam has confirmed over 11,200 cases of H1N1, responsible for 58 fatalities.

Source: SGGP

WHO reaffirms H1N1 vaccine saves lives

In Vietnam Health on December 10, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Vaccination remains an effective form of protection against the H1N1 virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said in response to a request from Vietnam for clarification on the safety of the vaccine. 

The WHO representative office in Vietnam and the National Steering Board for Human Flu Prevention released the statement December 9 after Vietnamese officials expressed concern over a bad batch of vaccine used in Canada.

Earlier this year, WHO launched an initiative to ensure H1N1 vaccine access to several low- and middle-income countries.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) pledged 50 million doses in May 2009, of which Vietnam was set to receive 1.2 million, which would cover about 2 percent of its population.

GSK signed a donation agreement with the WHO on November 10, 2009 to provide the vaccine, known as Arepanrix, to Vietnam. The WHO expected to ship the doses between December 9, 2009 and February 2010.

Concern was raised, however, after higher-than-normal adverse effects were reported following immunization with a particular batch of Arepanrix in Canada. The adjuvanted vaccine was produced at GSK’s Canadian facility and authorized for use on October 21, 2009.

On November 24, GSK announced it would voluntarily withdraw the bad batch.

A December 4 report from the Public Health Agency of Canada, said seven cases of anaphylaxis following immunization from the batch had been confirmed.

This frequency was higher than the usual 0.1-1 adverse reactions per 100,000 doses. However, the WHO confirms there have been no deaths conclusively linked to the vaccine in any country.

Vietnamese health agencies, however, said they would wait for official investigation results from Canadian health authorities before accepting the vaccine.

The WHO stressed it had pre-qualified Arepanrix based on standard protocols and information on vaccine safety and quality. The health authority estimates some 150 million doses of H1N1 influenza vaccine have been distributed worldwide and 95 million doses administered, of which 30 percent are adjuvanted vaccines.

Immediate hypersensitivity has been reported following the use of all types of H1N1 vaccines including a rash or swelling at the point of injection, and allergic reactions. Symptoms range from mild to serious while anaphylaxis can be life threatening in the absence of prompt medical treatment.

The WHO also asserts that the primary goal of vaccination is to target the “at risk” population such as those with chronic conditions, pregnant women, persons living in remote and isolated communities and health workers.

Vaccination in these groups lessens the risk of transmission, complications and death from the disease, the WHO says.

The global health body has reiterated that the risks posed by adverse reactions to the vaccines are still far smaller than the risks to at-risk populations of serious illness from pandemic influenza.

Meanwhile, at the December 9 meeting of the National Steering Board for Human Flu Prevention, Dr. Nguyen Tran Hien, head of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, announced the WHO was ready to provide vaccines to Vietnam when officials gave permission.

Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga, chief of the Preventive Health and Environment Department, told the meeting there have been no more reports of H1N1 deaths in the country since DATE?. So far Vietnam has had 46 fatalities related to the virus, of which 12 were pregnant.

Dr. Hien also expressed concern over the high rate of H1N1 infections in the country, adding that there was a strong possibility of the H1N1 (swine flu) and H5N1 (bird flu) viruses combining into more lethal forms.

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VN asks WHO for H1N1 vaccine direction

In Vietnam Health on November 30, 2009 at 10:12 am

Following the recent withdrawal of two batches of H1N1 vaccine in Canada due to suspected poor quality, the Vietnamese Ministry of Health has asked the World Health Organization (WHO) to make an official recommendation for Vietnam.

The country has imported around 1.2 million doses of H1N1 vaccine, said the National Steering Board for Vaccination against H1N1 on November 29. GlaxoSmithKline, through the WHO, supplies the vaccine for Vietnam and Canada.

Canadian health authorities decided to suspend the use of two batches of GlaxoSmithKline-supplied vaccine in late October, after higher-than-normal rates of adverse reactions were reported.

Vietnam has suggested the WHO provide another batch of vaccine or use a different supplier to ensure patient safety in case the vaccines were taken from the same batch as that in Canada.

Nguyen Tran Hien, director of the Central Institute of Hygiene Epidemiology, said 40 nations are currently using the H1N1 vaccine with 60 million people now inoculated worldwide.

In related news, the health ministry on the same day reported another death from swine flu. The 59-year-old victim from the northern province of Quang Ninh died on November 26. He also suffered from schizophrenia.

To date, Vietnam has reported 11,000 swine flu infections with 44 fatalities.

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Health Ministry plans to vaccinate against H1N1 flu

In Social life on October 15, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Health Ministry plans to vaccinate against H1N1 flu

QĐND – Thursday, October 15, 2009, 20:14 (GMT+7)

Now that Vietnam has a formula to vaccinate against H1N1 flu for various ages, except patients with chronic diseases, the Health Ministry is developing a H1N1 flu vaccination plan.

The Head of the Health Ministry’s Department for Preventive Health and Environment Nguyen Huy Nga released this information at a regular meeting of the National Steering Board for Flu Prevention in Humans in Hanoi on October 14.

The Ministry affirmed that there is no shortage of medicine to treat H1N1, the volume of Tamiflu is still large (over 354,000 tablets) and more are being produced.

As winter approaches, conditions will provide the life-threatening flu more opportunities to develop. The Health Ministry recommends that people diligently follow precautionary measures to control the disease to protect themselves and the community.

At present, 59 out of 63 cities and provinces in Vietnam have A/H1N1 patients.

Vietnam confirmed 76 more cases positive for the super-flu on October 14, raising the total number in the country to 10,124 with 23 deaths. Of the total, 9,437 patients have been released from hospital after treatment. The remainders are in quarantine for treatment. All are in stable condition.

Source: VOV

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Thanh Hoa records first H1N1 death

In Politics-Society on October 5, 2009 at 3:33 am

Thanh Hoa records first H1N1 death

QĐND – Sunday, October 04, 2009, 21:19 (GMT+7)

The central province of Thanh Hoa on October 3 reported its first swine flu fatality with a 63-year-old man succumbing to the disease. 

The patient, whose name has not been released, started having mild fever and diarrhea on September 10, and was treated at home, said Director Ha Dinh Ngu of the Thanh Hoa Preventive Health Center.

When his condition did not improve, his family brought him to the local general hospital on September 20 where he was diagnosed as having critical pneumonia and shock caused by respiratory infection, and a blood sample was sent to Hanoi-based National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology to test for the influenza A (H1N1 virus).

His condition worsened on September 21 and his family asked for persmission to take him home, where he died the same day, Ngu said.

Test results on September 30 confirmed the patient had contracted the swine flu virus.

Since swine flu was first detected in the country in May, more than 9,000 people have caught it. Twenty have died, but test results for two of them, including a 29-year-old man who died on Friday in Ho Chi Minh City, are still to be officially confirmed.

Source: VNN


Source: QDND

HCMC’s Pasteur Institute stops H1N1 testing

In Vietnam Health on October 2, 2009 at 10:08 am

The Ho Chi Minh City-based Pasteur Institute said it has stopped conducting H1N1 tests from October 1 due to lack of funds and mounting debts.

Medics carry out tests at Pasteur Institute. It stops medical testing due to lack of funds and mounting debts

In a document he sent to medical centers September 30 nationwide, Dr. Tran Ngoc Huu, its head, said no firm date has been fixed for reopening since it is waiting for financial assistance from the Ministry of Health (MoH).

The institute owes biological companies more than VND4 billion (US$223,000), he said.

Nguyen Huy Nga,  chief of the Preventive Health and Environment Department, said only when the institute clears its debt can it resume purchases.

But he said the institute’s closure would not affect the treatment and diagnosis of swine flu since it is only a supervising agency and other hospitals would continue to do tests.

The HCM-based Tropical Diseases Hospital and Pediatrics I and II Hospitals would take over the task of announcing swine-flu test results, he said.

Source: SGGP