6,000 to 8,000 new dengue fever cases are reported each week in the South and Central regions of Vietnam. Health experts are worried as the dengue fever pandemic is peaking.
More than 60,000 cases of dengue fever were reported by June 16, a 97% rise from the previous year. 80% of dengue cases nationwide and 100% of dengue deaths reported have occurred in the south.
As per Vương Ánh Dương, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Healthcare Department of Medical Service Administration, severe dengue cases have risen fast this year. In earlier years, most dengue deaths were among adults.
“People are still subjective about dengue fever. Dengue patients often visit private medical facilities or buy treatment before going to the hospital.” Dương said.
The Ministry of Health will inspect local dengue fever prevention efforts.
Deputy Health Minister Nguyễn Thị Liên Hương stated the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many problems in the southern provinces. The ministry will help the south prevent dengue disease.
The Deputy Minister asked the Department of Medical Service Administration to work with the Drug Administration of Vietnam to promptly address the issue. Localities must pay for dengue fever drugs and infusions.