The Health Ministry has warned of observable risks of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) in Vietnam through arrivals from the Middle East.

At the June 23 online meeting on disease prevention, head of the ministry’s Preventive Health Department Tran Dac Phu affirmed no case of MERS-CoV has been detected in Vietnam so far. The disease, however, is developing unpredictably in the world.

As a practical measure to prevent the spread of the virus, a medical declaration will be applied to people who enter into Vietnam from Middle East countries from July 1 following the ministry’s request.

Accordingly, the regulations will be implemented at three international airports: Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City, Noi Bai in Hanoi and Da Nang in central Da Nang city. Passengers on flights from nine countries in the Middle East - Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan and Iran - will be obliged to complete the declaration forms.

Also the meeting, Phu informed a reduction in infections of other infectious diseases across the country, saying that the country has so far detected no case of H7N9 avian influenza while reporting two deaths of H5N1.

According to the ministry, Vietnam has so far this year reported over 32,000 cases of hand-and-mouth diseases with two deaths, nearly 11,500 malaria infections in 47 provinces, including seven deaths, and 319 cases of encephalitis by virus, including four deaths.

In the coming time, the ministry continues its surveillance against infectious diseases by providing vaccinations against measles and rubella among children aged from 1 to 14 years old, and applying an IT solution to oversee infectious diseases in 63 provinces and cities nationwide.

The ministry also requires the international health quarantine centres in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City to distribute declaration forms in Vietnamese and English to passengers.

In addition, it continues organising teams to localities to fight infectious diseases while ensuring sufficiency of vaccinations for the expanded immunisation programme.-VNA