Long An looks to improve disease prevention

The health sector in the southern province of Long An is striving to mitigate weaknesses in disease prevention by the end of 2015.

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Long An has six districts bordering with Cambodia, posing a high risk of disease transmissions, said Director Le Thanh Liem of the provincial Health Department during a working session with a Ministry of Health delegation on August 13.

Especially, the Binh Hiep international border gate still has no quarantine post and experimental lab to deal with cross-border disease transmissions, he said, adding that the small-scale and spontaneous animal breeding, no vaccination and weak human resources are hindering local prevention efforts.

To overcome difficulties, between now and the year-end, the province will boost its capacity in monitoring border arrivals and disease-affected or -prone areas, as well as launch preventive measures, particularly for dengue fever and hand-foot-mouth.

Statistics reckoned that dengue fever has been on the rise in Long An from the beginning of the year with 643 cases reported.

VNA/Vietnamplus

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