Vietnam joins regional efforts to combat influenza A/H1N1

Vietnam will prevent A/H1N1 flu

Vietnam will prevent A/H1N1 flu

Vietnam is willing to work with other ASEAN countries by sharing information and contributing to stocks of medicines to prevent and if necessary combat a possible outbreak of A/H1N1 flu in the region, said a health official.

 

Director of the Health Ministry’s Preventive Medicine and Environment Department Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga stated this on the sidelines of an ASEAN health ministers meeting, with China , Japan and the Republic of Korea also taking part, which opened in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 7.

The country has also activated its warning system and stepped up the monitoring of travellers, particularly those at border gates, the official added.

Participants at the meeting will share their experience, access the effect the disease could have on the region, and look at more efficient ways of handling a potential widespread outbreak of the disease.

Senior officials and experts from the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their three partners at the talks also met with the representatives of a number of international organisations in Bangkok .

The latest statistics show that more than 1,900 cases of influenza A/H1N1 flu have been confirmed in 24 countries and territories worldwide and 44 people have died from the disease.

Recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for the Western Pacific, Shin Young Soo, praised the Vietnamese health sector for its preparations and readiness to cope with influenza A (H1N1). 

The WHO representative stated this at a meeting with Vietnamese Health Minister in Hanoi on May 5. He also pledged that WHO will continue its support and investment for the Vietnamese health sector in the future. 

Source: VNA

Compiled by Minh Nguyen

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