A communication campaign to raise awareness about dengue prevention was launched yesterday by the Vietnam Health Environment Management Agency (VIHEMA), in collaboration with the Enesis Group.

During the three-month campaign, communication programmes, including posters, TV clips and print articles, will disseminate information and measures to prevent dengue fever and dengue outbreaks during the rainy season.

"Like a few other Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam is highly susceptible to dengue fever, especially in the Mekong Delta," VIHEMA Deputy Director Nguyen Thi Lien Huong said.

"It is critical that every person knows how to protect himself, simply by destroying mosquito-breeding habitats, ensuring good sanitation for the living environment and using mosquito-repellents such as lotions or sprays on a daily basis," Huong said.

VIHEMA will also provide 50,000 mosquito-repellent sachets to residents of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and nine Mekong Delta provinces with a high prevalence of dengue fever, including Can Tho, Hau Giang, Ca Mau and Soc Trang, as well as An Giang, Tra Vinh and Vinh Long.

Statistics from the health ministry said Vietnam reported 8,320 dengue fever cases in the first three months of 2015. In the southern region, new dengue fever cases have increased by more than 35 percent compared to the same period last year.-VNA