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Foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Efforts focused on stamping out cholera outbreaks

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 4:51 pm




Efforts focused on stamping out cholera outbreaks


QĐND – Thursday, July 15, 2010, 20:43 (GMT+7)

The health sector should focus on stamping out cholera outbreaks, and said there was no need to continue cholera bacterium tests, said Deputy Health Minister Trinh Quan Huan on July 14.


The health official made the announcement at a meeting of the Steering Committee for Influenza Pandemic Prevention, saying the sector needs to tighten the examination of unhygienic food and untreated canal water, and provide anti-bacterium chemical substances to families to help them treat the disease.


During the past two weeks, 11 cities and provinces in the country have reported over 100 cases testing positive for cholera bacterium. However, the real number was believed to be much higher.


Nguyen Van Kinh, Director of the Hanoi-based Central Tropical Diseases Hospital, said that since June 28, the hospital has received 183 patients with clinical signs of acute diarrhea, including 50 persons who tested positive for cholera bacterium.


On July 13 alone, the hospital received six cases with clinical signs of acute diarrhea, including one person who tested positive for cholera bacterium.


Source: VOVNews/VNA


Source: QDND

Efforts focus on stamping out cholera outbreaks

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Deputy Health Minister Trinh Quan Huan on July 14 told the health sector to focus on stamping out cholera outbreaks, and said there was no need to continue cholera bacterium tests.

Inspectors conduct an inspection to commune Duong Noi in Hanoi, where supply mostly dog meat for eateries

The health official made the announcement at a meeting of the Steering Committee for Influenza Pandemic Prevention, saying the sector needs to tighten the examination of unhygienic food and untreated canal water, and provide anti-bacterium chemical substances to families to help them treat small outbreaks.


During the past two weeks, 11 cities and provinces in the country have reported over 100 cases testing positive with cholera bacterium. However, the real number was believed to be much higher.


Nguyen Van Kinh, Director of the Hanoi-based Central Tropical Diseases Hospital said that since June 28, the hospital has received 183 patients with clinical signs of acute diarrhea, including 50 persons who tested positive for cholera bacterium.


On July 13, alone the hospital received six cases with clinical signs of acute diarrhea, including one person who tested positive with cholera bacterium.

Source: SGGP

Vaccination plan set to go despite lack of outbreaks

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:41 am

No new influenza A (H1N1) swine flu patients have been reported in Vietnam for more than one month, but the Vietnamese Ministry of Health is still planning to implement a vaccination plan for vulnerable people including medical workers and pregnant women.

The H1N1 flu emerges  in April, 2009 but has  showed a decrease while  WHO still asks countries to stay vigilant against the pandemic

Deputy Director of the Department of Preventive Medicine Nguyen Van Binh said only one person in the central province of Quang Tri had caught the swine flu last month, and that patient has been discharged from the hospital.


But he said the World Health Organization (WHO) had asked countries to stay vigilant against the pandemic despite few new ports of new cases of the disease in several nations around the world. Vietnam is currently awaiting vaccines from WHO to implement the program.


World Health Organization (WHO) Chief Representative in Viet Nam Dr Jean-Marc Olive has also rejected claims that the WHO had exaggerated the dangers of the H1N1 outbreak, which emerged in April last year.


He said WHO’s warnings of the pandemic were based on scientific evidence, adding that outbreaks of the disease widely known as swine flu were still considered to be at the phase 6 level on the WHO’s pandemic scale.


While the number of cases of swine flu has reduced, other fatal epidemics have increased, he said.


Health experts in Vietnam have also been fretting about cholera, which infected hundreds of people in the Northern provinces in 2008 and 2009. The severe bacterial infection has been reported in several other provinces and cities this year, including Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.


The occurrence of cholera in many parts of the country has been difficult to oversee, experts said. Moreover, recent research has showed that the virulent vibrio cholera virus in Vietnam has mutated and is showing signs of transforming into more lethal forms.


Furthermore, acute diarrhea has killed six children in the northern Vietnamese province of Cao Bang since May 19, according to the provincial Preventive Health Center.
 
Some 140 people in Lung Man Village, which was the hardest hit area in Duc Hanh Commune, were infected with the disease, the center said. Duc Hanh is a mountainous commune with a majority ethnic Mong population.


The pandemic has revealed that district medical clinics are still too slow and weak to react to serious threats, experts have said.

Source: SGGP