Some 181,054 dengue cases recorded nationwide

The Department of Clinical Management under the Ministry of Health today held a meeting in Ho Chi Minh City to review dengue treatment task in the South to actively cope with the epidemic and decrease the death toll when outbreak can turn into an epidemic spread across the country

Some 181,054 dengue cases recorded nationwide

Speaking at the meeting, Deputy head of the Department Nguyen Trong Khoa said though dengue-related death toll in Vietnam is lower than other Asian countries; however, deaths are reported as a result of lack of experience or tardiness of medical workers in district infirmaries.
Consequently, after a halt, the disease relapsed in some localities even some deaths.
Since the beginning of the year, the country has recorded some 181,054 cases of dengue including 152,659 hospitalized cases and 30 deaths. There has been a year-on-year rise of 2.7 percent but a decrease of nine deaths.

Dr. Truong Ngoc Trung from the Tropical Disease Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City said that in 2017, ten dengue patients have died in the hospital. Most of dead patients have suffered shock and organ failure because improper treatment in local medical clinics before they were transferred to the city hospital.
Around 30 percent of them are not provided timely treatment to prevent shock. Unnecessary platelet transfusions are killing dengue patients.

Head of the intensive care unit of the Children Hospital No 1. Dr. Pham Van Quang informed the hospital has also admitted kids in critical condition. They are transferred from district infirmaries where give wrong diagnosis and treatment. Consequently, in 2017, thirty kids have succumbed to the disease in the hospital.

Hence, to reduce dengue-related toll, participants said that it is necessary to improve treatment quality in district infirmaries and private clinics which provide first treatment to patients.
Moreover, district hospitals should be connected with big hospitals in HCMC which will provide right diagnosis and good treatment methods for serious dengue cases via smartphone, telemedicine...

By THANH AN – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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