PM issues anti-measles telegram
18:52 | 16/04/2014
VGP - PM Nguyen Tan Dung on April 16 sent an important telegram asking ministries, agencies and localities to take tough new measures to combat the spread of measles and minimise fatalities.

The Health Ministry is responsible for timely diagnosing and providing treatment for infected cases to reduce fatalities.

PM Dung also asked for adequate supply of vaccines, drugs and medical equipment to save measles patients and control the spread of the disease.

Leaders of provinces and centrally-run cities were requested to work closely with the Health Ministry to take necessary quarantine measures, give measles vaccination to high-risk groups, and grant financial assistance to patients in need.

PM Dung also assigned the Ministry of Information and Communications and media agencies to update information on measles and raise public awareness of the potential danger of the disease.

Since December 2013, 3,126 out of 8,441 suspected cases were diagnosed with the disease in 61 provinces and cities nationwide, claiming 25 lives.

Most measles patients had not received an immunization against the disease./.

By Kim Loan

 

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