A health employee is spraying chemicals to eliminate mosquito larvae (Source: VNA)

The southern province of Dong Nai stepped up its efforts to curb the spread of dengue, which has been on the rise since the beginning of this year.

According to the province’s Prevention Health Centre, the last three weeks of August saw around 900 people in the province catching the disease.

Since the outset of 2015, Dong Nai has recorded more than 3,700 patients, up 140 percent against the same period last year, and two of them died.

Rapidly-urbanised and populous localities like Bien Hoa city, Long Thanh and Trang Bom districts report the highest number of dengue sufferers.

Bien Hoa city alone has 2,000 people suffering from the disease in the past eight months, 1,400 cases more than the same period last year’s figure. The city’s Trang Dai ward, home to thousands of workers, has seen 600 dengue cases, up 500 cases from 2014.

Dong Nai’s health sector has been spraying chemicals at the most affected areas while increasing supervision to prevent the spread of the disease.

Health collaborators have come to each household to deliver leaflets on how to avoid dengue.

The provincial Health Department has asked health clinics to ensure drugs, chemicals, and equipment be ready for any emergency cases and move patients to higher-level hospitals for timely diagnosis and exact classification.

The health sector has also warned people to kill mosquitoes and mosquito larvae as well as keep personal and public hygiene.-VNA