Spraying mosquito repellent in Ho Chi Minh City (Source :VNA)
HCM City (VNA) – The southern city of Ho Chi Minh aims to control the number of infectious disease cases while increasing prevention and the capacity to fight disease in 2016.

The information was heard at a conference on preventing and combating infectious diseases in 2015 and implementing plans for 2016. It was organised by the municipal Preventive Health Centre on January 22. 

The sector will prevent and limit the number of infectious disease cases, aiming to discover 90 percent of the epidemic outbreaks and treat those with the diseases within 7 days of the case being reported.

In addition, all infectious diseases under group “A” will be handled within 24 hours of receiving information.

Centre Director Nguyen Tri Dung said one way to limit the spread of disease is through effective implementation of epidemic monitoring and epidemic supervision from the community.

He added that in order to improve public awareness in the area, the centre will organise training classes for 90 percent of health centre staff and establish regular epidemic preventive teams across the city. 

In 2015 the city recorded 11,749 dengue cases, up 75 percent over 2014. The number of deaths caused by the disease in 2015 was 7, two more than 2014.

Other infectious diseases in the city have seen a downward trend, including influenza, measles, mumps, rubella and varicella.-VNA