Increased measures carried out to prevent flu A/H7N9 epidemic

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has issued an official dispatch to all relevant agencies, in particular those at border controls in relation to information surrounding complications that have surfaced in the latest outbreak of the A/H7N9 flu epidemic in China which shows that there is a much higher risk of the disease entering Vietnam if preventative measures were not stepped up.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has issued an official dispatch to all relevant agencies, in particular those at border controls in relation to information surrounding complications that have surfaced in the latest outbreak of the A/H7N9 flu epidemic in China which shows that there is a much higher risk of the disease entering Vietnam if preventative measures were not stepped up.

The Cao Bang provincial health sector has carried out strict inspections in border areas and ensured that hospitals and other medical facilities are in a state of readiness to deal with related conditions.

Increased measures carried out to prevent flu A/H7N9 epidemic

Medical workers spray sterilising solution for a truck going through Ta Lung border gate. (Photo: nhandan.org.vn)

At the Ta Lung border gate, medical workers are continuously sterilising vehicles crossing the gate and are using remote temperature metres to promptly detect any suspected cases of fever.

Earlier, the provincial preventive health centre issued plans to help prevent the disease spreading to humans and have made preparations for each situation of detecting suspected cases and increased the inspection over acute respiratory infection from unknown sources.

An isolation area has been set up in the provincial general hospital while training courses on the emergency and treatment of flu A/H7N9 patients have been organised. In addition, the prevention of bacterial contamination has been carried out while medicine and medical equipment has been made ready for receiving and treating any possible patients.

The province has also been determined to prohibit the illegal import and transport of poultry and poultry products.

Cao Bang, a border province, has a long borderline with China with 8 of its districts sitting along the border along with 7 trade border gates, making it an area of significant risk from the epidemic due to the volume of trade overland with China./.

( Compiled by VNF )

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