Viet Nam

Ministry warns of disease outbreak in flood region

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HÀ NỘI — The Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health yesterday issued a warning of disease outbreaks due to prolonged flooding in central provinces.

The ministry asked the health sector in the central provinces to carry out surveillance of diseases including sending mobile teams to flood hit areas.

Additionally, the sector must provide chemicals for each household to disinfect the environment and water sources. Contagious diseases such as diarrhea, pink eye, respiratory problem, skin diseases, influenza, cholera, dysentery and typhoid should be handled properly.

Residents in flood hit areas should eat boiled food and water, and wash hands regularly with soap and use provided chemicals to disinfect water for cooking. — VNS