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Ha Nam (VNA)
– A training workshop was organised for medical workers in the northern province of Ha Nam, about 50km south of Hanoi, on August 17 to improve their skills and capacity to deliver effective dengue prevention at all levels.

The event was co-held by the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) and the provincial Centre for Disease Control.

Experts from the NIHE provided the attendees with basic knowledge on dengue fever epidemiology, dengue vectors and methods to treat dengue hotspots and others.

The health workers were also introduced to different types of mosquito foggers and anti-mosquito chemicals and how to mix chemical substances to kill and repel mosquitos as well as proper ways to clean up the environment around houses and at work.

According to Deputy Director of the Ha Nam Centre for Disease Control Nguyen Ngoc Anh, more than 800 people across the province were infected with dengue fever last year with some 600 having travelled back from Hanoi and other provinces.

Thanks to the province’s preventive efforts, no death was reported due to dengue, he said, adding that this year, Ha Nam has recorded two dengue fever cases so far.

The training has helped local health workers become more active in preventing dengue fever this year which is forecast to be more complicated, Anh said.

Dengue fever is an acute viral disease spread by two kinds of mosquitoes – Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus., with no specific vaccine and treatment established to date. 

The disease is common in tropical countries. In Vietnam, peak season of the disease lasts from July to October. As the virus is divided into four types – D1, D2, D3 and D4, a person can be infected many times.

Vietnam experienced a boom of dengue fever in 2017 when 181,054 infection cases and 30 deaths were reported in almost all localities, mostly Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Last month, Ho Chi Minh City reported the first death caused by the disease in 2018. –VNA