Central provinces launch drive against HFMD

Health authorities in Da Nang City in central Vietnam on March 13 launched a programme to involve all aspects of society to eradicate the dreaded hand-foot-mouth disease from districts and communes.

The programme aims at increasing people’s awareness of the disease, ensuring effective preventive measures and supervision in pre-schools and private facilities.

Since the beginning of the year, Da Nang City has recorded over 250 cases of hand-foot-mouth disease, and one fatality.

Mai Thanh Thang, Deputy Head of the People’s Committee in the central province of Binh Dinh said that the province is carrying out various measures to curb the spread of the disease, especially emphasising on the campaign to “wash hands with soap”.

Currently, the province has reported over 400 infected cases with one death.
The central province of Quang Ngai has also reported more than 450 inpatients suffering from hand-foot-mouth disease.

On the same day, inspectors from the Ministry of Health worked with health authorities in the southern province of Dong Nai on measures to prevent the disease.

According to health observers in the province, during the first two months of the year, around 660 children were infected with hand-foot-mouth disease in the province, while 570 people suffered from dengue fever.

By staff writers - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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