The Ministry of Health is organising a training course for more than 200 medical staff from 10 northern mountainous provinces on dealing with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) from June 17-18.

Medical workers from Departments of Health in Bac Ninh, Bac Giang, Vinh Phuc, Yen Bai, Tuyen Quang, Ha Giang, Lang Son, Bac Kan, Cao Bang and Thai Nguyen as well as the Thai Nguyen Central General Hospital, the Central Tropical Diseases Hospital and the Central 71 Hospital received updated information on MERS-CoV in the world and in Asia specifically.

They reviewed plans on admitting and treating MERS-CoV patients and preventing the spread of the disease in hospitals.

No cases have been reported in Vietnam so far, but Thai Nguyen, home to many production bases of foreign companies including Samsung of the Republic of Korea, is among provinces with a high risk of MERS-CoV exposure.-VNA