Health check-ups provided for locals in Hoang Van Thu commune, Chuong My district (Source: VNA) 

Hanoi (VNA) – Citizens of Hoang Van Thu commune of Hanoi’s outlying district of Chuong My were provided with free health check-ups and medicine on August 16, as the area had been submerged by floodwater for three weeks.

According to Duong Viet Tai, Director of Chuong My district’s Health Centre, besides Hoang Van Thu commune, doctors from Ha Dong Ophthamology Hospital, the Hanoi Hospital of Dermatology and Venereology and Chuong My General Hospital plan to offer health check-ups to residents in Nam Phuong Tien, Tan Tien, My Luong and Tot Dong communes, which were all hit by the recent flood.

Tai said the district authorities have taken measures to prevent diseases, especially pinkeye, dengue fever, measles and hand-foot-mouth, including cleaning the environment and spraying chemicals to kill mosquitoes and larvae to prevent the spread of dengue fever.

Vice Chairman of Hoang Van Thu commune People’s Committee Le Hoai Thi said medical work has been implemented effectively during and after the flood.

A house submerged in Chuong My (Source: VNA)

Together with the commune’s medical station, the communal authorities also provided medicine and taught locals how to prevent diseases, he said, adding that no flood-related disease outbreaks have been reported in the locality.

According to Deputy Director of the municipal Health Department Hoang Duc Hanh, due to the recent flood, 59 people in Chuong My district caught pinkeye and 150 others,  skin diseases.

Located 30km from downtown Hanoi, Chuong My, Quoc Oai and My Duc districts were among the hardest hit by heavy downpours which began on July 21, and a large part of Chuong My district is still left under water.

As of August 14, the flood waters receded and locals are returning to normal life.-VNA