Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on May 6 issued a note urging ministries and localities to strengthen measures preventing and containing the spread of the hand-foot-mouth disease and dengue.

The note pointed out that since the beginning of this year, the diseases have swept through most cities and provinces nationwide. So far, 17,410 hand-foot-mouth cases with two deaths have been reported, and 7,931 dengue patients have been diagnosed.

The Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Health to keep a close eye on the treatment of the patients to minimise fatalities, especially in localities with high morbidity such as Ho Chi Minh City , Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Kon Tum and Ca Mau.

He also asked the ministry to coordinate closely with authorities in cities and provinces to enhance the inspection and direction of preventative measures, while also observing the status of the diseases in neighbouring countries.

The PM requested the ministries of health and information and communications to work more closely in updating the public on the situation.

Particularly, the Ministry of Information and Communications, the Vietnam Television, the Radio of Vietnam and the Vietnam News Agency should actively popularise the ways to diagnose and prevent the diseases.

He also directed the leaders of People’s Committees of localities to monitor local healthcare departments and other authorised agencies to create the best conditions for the effective treatment of patients, preventing the diseases from further spreading.

The PM also urged the Ministry of Education and Training to launch activities to control the diseases in schools, especially kindergartens, by cooperating with local healthcare departments and conduct cleaning in educational facilities.

At the same time, the Ministry of Finance has been asked to ensure there is enough money to fund the fight.-VNA