A meeting was held on June 6 in Tan Trieu village, Thanh Tri district, Hanoi, to mark the ASEAN Dengue Day (June 15).

Addressing the event, Director of the Municipal Department of Health Nguyen Khac Hien urged localities to take drastic measures against dengue, helping promptly address outbreaks and minimise fatalities.

He also called on local communities to keep their surroundings clean, while focusing on killing mosquitoes and their larva inside and near their areas.

In 2015, more than 500 environment cleaning campaigns will be conducted in all communes, wards and residential areas across the city to prevent dengue.

For the first five months of this year, Vietnam has recorded nearly 11,400 dengue fever cases, with 10 fatal cases. Hanoi alone has reported 83 infected cases, up 60 percent from the same period last year.

Dengue has occurred in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide over the past 50 years.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 50-100 million cases are estimated each year.-VNA