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Health ministry announces 3 swine-flu deaths

In Vietnam Health on January 22, 2010 at 10:49 am

A sensor checks the body temperature of passengers at HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat Airport to detect suspected swine flu cases (File photo: Tuoi Tre)

The Ministry of Health said January 20 that three people died of swine flu, including two children.

A two-year-old girl in Tien Hai District, Thai Binh Province, died after contracting the A/H1N1 virus, which caused serious malnutrition and rickets.

The other child to die was an eight-year-old boy in Lang Son Province who was first transferred to the Bac Giang Hospital and then the Central Children’s Hospital in Hanoi where he passed away. 

The third death was that of a man, 39, in Y Yen District, Nam Dinh Province, who died after being transferred to the Central Tropical Diseases Hospital in Hanoi from the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, where he was being treated for a blood-related disease.

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Vietnam continues swine-flu vaccination despite charges of scam

In Vietnam Health on January 15, 2010 at 9:23 am

People wear face masks at a public place for fear to contract H1N1 virus. WHO is accused to exaggerate tje threat of swine flu to cause panic and sell vaccine

The Ministry of Health is continuing its vaccination campaign against swine flu since it has yet to hear officially from the World Health Organization about the accusations that drug firms are exaggerating the threat to cause panic and sell their vaccines, an official said.

The ministry has accepted vaccines supplied by the WHO, Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga, head of the ministry’s Preventive Medicine and Environment Department said at a meeting of the National Steering Committee on Human Flu Prevention on January 13.

While WHO has not formally responded to the accusation, some European nations have announced cancellation of vaccine orders.

WHO began an initiative to ensure several low- and middle-income countries get access to the vaccines. Of 35 nations seeking them, Mongolia was the first to get it and Thailand will vaccinate 2 million people this week.

Vietnam has so far reported 11,114 infections, including 53 deaths. In the past week some people have been taken to hospital with severe pneumonia but no deaths have been reported.

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Vietnam yet to receive WHO clarification on Canada swine-flu vaccine deaths

In Uncategorized on December 7, 2009 at 3:54 am

Arepanrix, a swine-flu vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline, has been withdrawn in Canada after two deaths and other adverse reactions in people. Vietnam has asked WHO for information about the problem.

Vietnam has not received clarification from the World Health Organization about two batches of swine-flu vaccines recently withdrawn in Canada on suspicion of poor quality, Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga, chief of the Preventive Health and Environment Department, told the National Steering Board of Human Flu Prevention December 3.

After Arepanrix H1N1 vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline caused two deaths and caused adverse reactions in many other people in Canada and killed four in China, Vietnam sought information from WHO about how many doses had been used in Canada, lot numbers, and the number of people with adverse reactions.

It has imported around 1.2 million doses of the vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline through WHO.

Vietnam, worried about getting vaccines from the same batches as Canada, also asked the UN agency to provide another batch of vaccines or use a different supplier.

Related article:
VN asks WHO for H1N1 vaccine direction

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UN agency to provide Vietnam swine-flu vaccine

In Vietnam Health on November 19, 2009 at 9:57 am

The World Health Organization will provide Vietnam 1.2 million doses of swine-flu vaccines but procedures to import the vaccines have not been completed, the National Steering Committee for A/H1N1 Prevention said November 18.

A student with swine flu being treated at Pham Ngoc Thach hospital in HCMC. WHO has agreed to provide Vietnam 1.2 million doses of vaccine against the disease (Photo: SGGP)

Dr Duong Quoc Cuong, head of the Medicine Management Department, said the Ministry of Health does not know the name of the vaccine that WHO would provide or who manufactures it but plans to buy a further 500,000 doses for high-risk groups after testing them.

However, Vietnam is familiar with four out of the five global A/H1N1 vaccine producers licensed by WHO.

The Preventive Health and Environment Department said 66 cases of swine flu were recorded in the country in the last week, with a 23-year-old woman from the southern province of Binh Phuoc succumbing to the disease.

The total tally in Vietnam is 10,866 infections and 42 deaths.

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Two more swine-flu deaths reported in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2009 at 11:19 am

Two more people have died of swine flu in Vietnam, taking the death toll so far to 39.

The Ministry of Health is concerned by the deaths since they were in the northwestern mountainous region which has not reported any cases for a long time.

The first patient, a 54-year-old woman from Mai Son District in Son La Province who also had diabetes and arthritis, died at the Hanoi-based National Institute of Infectious and Tropical Diseases on November 2.

A 32-year-old man from Hoa Binh Province died a day later after having high fever and cough. He bought drugs to treat himself but it did not work.

He was visiting relatives when he was admitted to the Tay Ninh Province General Hospital before being transferred to Ho Chi Minh City’s Tropical Diseases Hospital but doctors’ efforts to save him proved futile.

Dengue fever treated at the Hanoi-based National Institute of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

There was also one death from dengue fever. The head of the Pediatric Department at Hanoi’s Bach Mai Hospital, Nguyen Tien Dung, said a child died of the mosquito-borne disease on November 4. The eight-year-old from Hanoi’s Hoang Mai District was brought to the hospital with vein collapse and lesions in the liver and other organs.

Hanoi has reported six deaths from dengue as against two from swine flu.

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Two more swine-flu deaths lift total to 26

In Social life on October 24, 2009 at 3:01 am

Two more swine-flu deaths lift total to 26

QĐND – Thursday, October 22, 2009, 21:2 (GMT+7)

A woman and a child have died of A/H1N1 flu, bringing the country’s total fatalities to 26 out of 10,268 cases of infection, according to Nguyen Huy Nga, Director of the Preventive Medicine and the Environment Department under the Ministry of Health.

Nga was speaking on October 21 at the weekly meeting of the National Steering Committee for A/H1N1 flu pandemic prevention.

The 60-year-old woman residing in Son Dong District, Bac Giang province, suffered from diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney failure.

Mr. Nga warned that 60 percent of the patients were female, 25 percent of which were pregnant.

Meanwhile, the 20-month-old girl in Central Da Nang City suffered from coughing and high fever.

It is expected that more than 900,000 people who belong to high-risk groups will be prioritised for A/H1N1 vaccinations. If necessary, about 3.3 million selected people will be vaccinated against A/H1N1 flu prevention nationwide.

The World Health Organisation reported on October 15 that the organisation has put Vietnam on the list of nations to be provided with A/H1N1 vaccines.

According to the health ministry, from now until 2010, the WHO will supply more than 1 million vaccine doses for nearly 2 percent of Vietnam’s population.

The amount may increase but will not amount to more than 10 percent of the population. The donated vaccines are expected to be sent to Vietnam in the last quarter of this year.

The Ministry of Health has also bought between 500,000 and 1 million doses of the vaccine from WHO-recognised pharmaceutical companies.

Source: VOV

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10th swine-flu death reported in Vietnam

In Vietnam Health on September 28, 2009 at 2:01 am

An official confirmed September 23 Vietnam’s 10th death from swine flu, a 59-year-old woman with other debilitating illnesses.

Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga, chief of the Health Ministry’s Health Preventive and Environment Department, said the woman, the second fatality in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre, was suffering from end-stage renal failure due to chronic kidney disease and type 2 diabetes.

The victim was taken to the provincial hospital on September 17 and died at the Cho Ray hospital in Ho Chi Minh City four days later.

A further 194 new A/H1N1 flu cases were reported September 23, 120 in the south, 46 in the north, six in the central region, and 22 in the Central Highlands.

It takes the country’s tally of swine-flu victims to 7,636, with 56 of the 63 provinces and cities reporting cases. Of them, 5,047 have been treated and discharged from hospitals.

Panic set in for a while in the Mekong delta city of Can Tho following rumors the same day that a student at Tran Quoc Toan school died of swine flu. The police rejected it as being groundless.

Hundreds of children in Tam Nong District in the southern province of Vinh Long have stopped attending school for fear of contracting the disease.

A local education official, La Quy Don, said 100 outbreaks have been reported from pre-schools to universities, with around 150 students infected.

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Two more swine-flu deaths feared in Vietnam

In Vietnam Health on September 21, 2009 at 7:51 am

Two people died of swine flu in the Central Highlands province of Dac Lac and the southern province of Binh Phuoc on September 19 and 20, health officials said.

A medic is examing a swine flu patient (Photo: VNA)

Dr. Cao Minh Toan, deputy director of Dac Lac’s Department of Health, said that a 46-year-old man in Krong Pac District died at the district General Hospital.

He had been admitted on September 17 in a critical condition with fever, cough, and respiratory failure.

The breathing problem worsened on September 20 and he died in spite of doctors’ efforts.

The director of Binh Phuoc’s Department of Preventive Health, To Duc Sinh, confirmed the province’s first swine-flu death.

The 42-year-old D.T.K.C of Dong Tam District had fever, cough, and diarrhea on September 15 but had resorted to self-medication. Only when his condition failed to improve, he was taken to the province General Hospital to be diagnosed as having severe lung inflammation.

Medics suspected he had swine flu and tests done at Ho Chi Minh City’s Pasteur Institute confirmed it.

The Department of Preventive Health has ordered his house to be disinfected and his relatives informed, and warned its counterpart in the Mekong delta province of Vinh Long, where the patient will be buried, to monitor the funeral.

Health officials said they are yet to trace the source of disease.
Vietnam has had 6,883 confirmed human cases of swine flu, including nine deaths, though the Ministry of Health has yet to officially confirm the latest deaths.

The HCMC Department of Health said medical workers continue to monitor outbreaks of swine flu at three schools each in Districts 3 and Thu Duc and others in Districts 10, Go Vap, and Binh Tan.

More worryingly, the flu has hit two pre-schools — Tuoi Tho 7 in District 3 and Tuoi Hoa in District 8 — which said many kids have flu-like symptoms.

In related news, Dr. Nguyen Thu Van, director of the Vaccine and Biological Products No.1 Company, said the company is researching a new vaccine against the flu. If successful, Vietnam will begin to make it in 2010.

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Late treatment caused swine-flu deaths in Vietnam, says official

In Vietnam Health on September 17, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Swine flu deaths have occurred in Vietnam because patients took Tamiflu pills too late, a health official said at a meeting held by the National Steering Board on Flu Prevention in Humans in Hanoi September 16.

Cao Hung Thai of the Ministry of Health’s Treatment Management Department said his and other agencies studied the fatalities and discovered that five out of the six victims also belonged to high-risk groups like people with chronic diseases and malnutrition. 

A teacher at Tran Quoc Tuan Primary School in Tan Binh District instructs students on warding off swine flu and protecting themselves from the disease (Photo: SGGP)

Moreover, they were taken too late to hospital that treatment with Tamiflu failed to be effective, he said.

Deputy Minister of Health Trinh Quan Huan feared that with swine flu becoming widespread, more people would be treated at local hospitals where treatment quality is low, and ordered the Human Flu Treatment Bureau to train workers at these centers in treatment procedures.

He instructed medical facilities to provide Tamiflu pill to people in high-risk groups without waiting for test results, warning it could otherwise be too late. Medical establishments must ensure adequate supply of the drug, he said.

Nguyen Tran Hien, director of the Central Institute of Hygiene Epidemiology, said the fact that 70 per cent of flu cases are testing positive for A/H1N1 flu shows that the virus is spreading among the wider community.

Meanwhile, authorities announced 144 more people tested positive for swine flu September 16, raising the total number in the country to 5,648. During the week 1,104 infections have been reported, an increase of 6.3 per cent compared to the previous week.

But the virus has so far shown no signs of mutating into more lethal forms, Mr. Hien said, though 12 nations have reported around 20 cases in which it has shown resistance to Tamiflu.

Mr. Huan said the peak season for the disease would be end 2009 and early 2010 and called for strengthening outbreak surveillance and providing early treatment to prevent its spread and deaths.

Vietnam has begun an initiative to raise its capacity in coping with A/H1N1 flu, a Red Cross official said in Hanoi September 16.

The “Humanitarian Pandemic Preparedness” (H2P) initiative, designed by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, would last from August 2009 to July 2010, the chairman of the Vietnam Red Cross, Bui Ngoc Tang, said at the closing ceremony of a regional conference flu epidemics.

H2P would focus on health care, food safety, and livelihood at the community level, he added.

The Vietnam Red Cross also called on international and non-governmental organizations and Vietnamese partners to support the project.

H2P, with assistance from the US Agency for International Development, has been implemented in 20 countries threatened by the pandemic.

Also on September 16, the Ministry of Health urged the Ministry of Science and Technology to speed up research into the A/H1N1 vaccine and ordered the National Steering Board on Flu Prevention in Humans to provide enough Tamiflu pills for cities and provinces hardest hit.

Dr. Nguyen Van Chau, director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health, announced September 16 an outbreak of swine flu at Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Primary School in District 12 in which 30 children have been infected.

The district Department of Preventive Health has sprayed disinfectants at the school.

The city recorded September 16 more 36 cases of infection, taking the number of victims so far to 2,383.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam swine-flu death toll rises to 6

In Vietnam Health on September 14, 2009 at 12:14 pm

The Ministry of Health confirmed Sept. 13 the sixth A/H1N1 flu death in the country, that of a 19-year-old girl in Cho Lach District in the southern province of Ben Tre. 

Students with swine flu being examined at HCMC’s Pham Ngoc Thach Hospital. Vietnam announced its sixth death from the disease on September 13.

The girl fell ill on September 3 with symptoms like tiredness and breathing difficulty. She bought some medicines herself and took them but made no recovery. 
Her family admitted her to the Cu Lao Minh General Hospital on September 5.
Two days later she developed a fever and doctors treated her with Tamiflu.
On September 11 tests done by Ho Chi Minh’ s Pasteur Institute showed her to have swine flu.
She died on September 12.
Her death followed three others in HCMC and one each in the southern provinces of Dong Nai and Khanh Hoa.

On September 13 alone 220 more A/H1N1 cases were reported, 150 in the south, 35 in the north, 24 in the central region, and 11 in the Central Highlands.

The total number of A/H1N1 cases in Vietnam has gone up to 4,464, of which 3,350 people have been discharged from hospitals.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization in Vietnam announced that a total of 3,200 people have died of the disease worldwide.

Source: SGGP