The capital city of Hanoi has been increasing its efforts to prevent the spread of dengue fever.

Head of the Preventive Healthcare Department Dr Tran Dac Phu said 362 cases of dengue fever have been reported in the city since early this year, three times more than in the same period last year, with most of the cases reported in the districts of Ha Dong, Hai Ba Trung and Thanh Tri.

The municipal authority has asked localities and relevant offices to cooperate with the health care sector to take measures to prevent the spread of the disease, such as cleaning the living environment, spraying mosquito repellents, and asking people to use mosquito nets while sleeping.

The health care sector should closely monitor the situation for quick detection of infections.

In Ha Dong District, where the epidemic is spreading, the local authority and people have been taking preventive action. The disease is reportedly under control.

However, local health care workers said the risk of a new wave of the disease is still high.

The main reason for the situation is the low awareness of the people about the epidemic, Vu Van Len, a doctor, said./.