The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho aims to lower the HIV infection rate in the locality to less than 0.3 percent in 2018 (Photo: VNA)

Can Tho (VNA) – The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho aims to lower the HIV infection rate in the locality to less than 0.3 percent in 2018, said Deputy Director of the municipal Health Department Cao Minh Chu.

This is one of the main tasks for the city’s health sector in 2018 which were discussed at the sector’s conference held on December 22.

In addition, Can Tho’s health sector will work to develop health personnel and raise quality of medical stations by 2020, as well as establish a disease monitoring centre and continue to implement the city’s satellite hospital project.

The sector will also enhance monitoring and prevent outbreaks of major diseases including dengue fever, hand-foot-mouth and measles, Chu added. Especially, the city will intensify the control of food quality and safety.

In 2017, Can Tho recorded nearly 1,200 dengue fever cases, a rise of 383 cases year-on-year, with no fatalities. As many as 916 hand-foot-mouth cases occurred in the city, with one death in the reviewed period.-VNA